According to health experts, High blood pressure along with stress and lack of sleep increases heart attack and brain stroke risk by four times.
An leading cardiologist and medical director of Kalra hospital, Dr. Kalra said that high blood pressure raises the risk of heart attack as heart has to work harder to pump blood through the body. This extra work thickens the muscles of heart and it can damage walls of the arteries. Less oxygen is distributed throughout the body’s organ, and heart becomes damaged due to increased workload. He was speaking on the eve of World Hypertension Day to generate awareness among masses.
One in four indian is suffering from hypertension, with 50% not even aware of the condition. According to director of Neuro Surgery at Escort Heart Institute and Research Center, New Delhi, Dr. Rahul Gupta said that high blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke both symptomatic and silent. Both Systolic and diastolic contribute to risk of stroke by 200 percent.
In India, 139 million people are suffering from hypertension and that number is increasing year by year due to its uncontrolled nature. According to WHO, it is responsible for 57% of all stroke death and 24% of all coronary heart disease deaths in India.