World Hypertension Day is being observed worldwide today including Nepal, by organising various programmes from the government and non-government levels.
The Day is observed on May 17 each year since 2005, highlighting the importance of monitoring blood pressure and bringing global awareness to the 1 billion people living with high blood pressure worldwide.
The theme for this year is 'Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer', focusing on combatting low awareness rates worldwide and accurate blood pressure measurement methods.
Hypertension widely known as High Blood Pressure is defined as a systolic blood pressure consistently above 140 mm Hg and/or diastolic blood pressure consistently above 90 mm Hg. Hypertension is the no.1 risk factor for heart disease, stroke, renal complications, and premature death.
As doctors say, changing lifestyle, stressful days and increasing culture of consuming packet and processed food are among major factors for rising cases of hypertension which is largely preventable.
The Nepal Demographic and Health Survey 2016 suggests the hypertension is the matter of concern for Nepali. "In Nepal, 17% of women and 23% of men are hypertensive," the Survey said.
Doctors advise to eat a healthy diet, do regular physical exercise, reduce stress, avoid alcohol and smoking and have a proper sleep to control the high blood pressure. The issue is more prevalent in urban areas.