Narayana Multispeciality Hospital Whitefield rolls out ‘Know Your BP’ campaign

Bengaluru, 12th May 2017: Narayana Multispecialty Hospital, a unit of Narayana Health in Whitefield near ITPL has embarked on a week-long awareness campaign at the hospital in Whitefield and the clinic in AECS Layout encouraging people to get their blood pressure checked at the hospital anytime between 10 am to 5 pm till May 17thobserved as World Hypertension Day.

Hypertensionis a preventable risk factor that is common yet ignored. While earlier it wasmore of an inherited risk factor, now owing to the changes in lifestyle likeincreased smoking, inactivity and faster aging, it is becoming a commonobservation even among people as young as 35-40 years of age. The normal bloodpressure reading is 120/80 mmHg. However, it fluctuates and can increasewith age. Even at the age of 60, one should maintain their blood pressure below150/90 mmHg. If not addressed on time, hypertension has the potential to leadto many other serious ailments and hence early detection is very crucial.Consequences of high blood pressure such as kidney problems and cardiacailments can be kept under control if high blood pressure is detected andcontrolled early in life. For the general population, the goal should be tokeep it below 140/90 mmHg. 

According tothe World Health Organisation, Hypertension affects around 1.13 billion peopleworldwide. Uncontrolled hypertension is one of the leading causes for diseasessuch heart attack, stroke, dementia and kidney failure. 

“Publicawareness for hypertension is essential as it is a silent killer epidemic. Itincreases the tendency for stroke and heart attacks. Hence, the campaign- Knowyour BP.” emphasized Dr. Jai Babu, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist atNarayana Multispecialty Hospital, Whitefield. 

“Through thecampaign we want to encourage a healthy lifestyle. In fact, by following aregime that combines right diet and exercise, hypertension can be controlled.In most cases it requires medication for life”, added Dr. Jai Babu. 

Preventionof hypertension calls for a healthy diet which should include lots of fruitsand vegetables. The salt content in the diet should be kept minimal. Further,avoiding smoking and limiting the consumption of alcohol will also help inkeeping the blood pressure under control. Being physically active andmaintaining a healthy body weight can go a long way in keeping hypertension atbay.

Know your BP@ Narayana Multispeciality Hospital, Whitefield

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