Test your pressure

2017-05-23 06:01

Life Kingsbury Hospital encouraged members of the public to get tested for high blood pressure as part of recognising the world hypertension day on Wednesday.

According to the hospital report, it is important to know your blood pressure by frequently checking cholesterol and blood glucose numbers in order to prevent and control rising blood pressure.

Hospital Specialist Physician, Dr Laila Suleman explained that high blood pressure is a very common but often undiagnosed condition and if it is left undetected, your blood vessels and heart may undergo substantial damage resulting in congestive heart failure, stroke, kidney disease and vision loss.

“Hypertension is often considered the silent killer because there are no symptoms until it’s too late. We encourage patients to get checked regularly to ensure early detection. High blood pressure left unchecked can impact your quality of life and result in serious health risks. Prevention and early detection is best to better manage and control your blood pressure. A quick blood pressure test can help you identify possible problems, so we encourage people to get tested annually,” said Suleman.

She said blood pressure is determined both by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure.


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