Hypertension Threats Worse than HIV? Health Expert


The Programme Manager for none communicable disease at the Ghana Health Service Dr. Kofi Nyarko has disclosed that, high blood pressure kills three times faster unlike HIV and Aids.

The health expert who spoke to www.www.spyghana.com ahead of the World Health Day celebration slated for Sunday April 7, 2013 observed that, the risk becomes more intense especially when people are not aware.

According to him, this year?s World Health Day will focus on Hypertension as many activities will be carried out including health walk and education in order to reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure which has become prevalent across the country.

He explained that, the situation on a large scale leads to further complications such as blindness, irregularities of the heartbeat, heart failure ?and a host of others should it be left uncontrolled.

?The risk of developing these complications is higher in the presence of other cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes. One in three adults worldwide has high blood pressure?. He said.

Giving a breakdown of the age category likely to be diabetic, Dr. Nyarko noted that, the proportion increases with age, from 1 in 10 people in their 20s and 30s to 5 in 10 people in their 50s. Prevalence of high blood pressure is highest in some low-income countries in Africa, with over 40% of adults in many African countries said to be affected.

The disease according to him is both preventable and treatable.

Research has shown that prevention and treatment of the condition, together with other cardiovascular risk factors in developed countries has brought about a reduction in deaths from heart disease.

However the risk of developing high blood pressure can be reduced by minimizing salt intake; eating a balanced diet, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, taking regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy body weight and avoiding tobacco use.

World Health Day is celebrated on April 7 every year and is acknowledged by various governments and non-governmental organizations with interests in public health issues.

Source: Thykingdom Kudesey


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