World Hypertension Day

World Hypertension Day is celebrated every year on 17th of May to raise the public awareness about the hypertension, its preventive measures and complications. It was first celebrated on 14th of May in the year 2005 organized by the World Hypertension League (WHL).
Hypertension is a condition called high blood pressure during which the arterial blood pressure raises to high level from the normal level (120/80 mmHg). It is medical condition called as silent killer as it does not show any clear symptoms however severe hypertension show some symptoms of headaches, sleepiness, palpitation, blurred vision, fatigue, dizziness, confusion, ringing sensation in the ears, breathing difficulty, irregular heartbeat which may lead to even coma.
The prevalence of hypertension ranges from 20-40% in urban adults and 12-17% among rural adults. The number of people with hypertension is projected to increase from 118 million in 2000 to 214 million in 2025, with nearly equal numbers of men and women.
Ford Hospital & Research Center, Patna, celebrated World Hypertension Day on 17 May 2017. A flurry of patient centric activities were conducted on this occasion such as Free Health Check up camp, Group Discussion and Patient Education Program.
Over 100 patients were treated in the camp. Our panel of Doctors checked the Blood Pressure of these patients. Those patients whose BP was found to be above normal underwent ECG test & Blood Pressure check up. Subsequent upon these tests/check- ups our Doctors provided Medical Advice to them..
Hypertension is a life style disorder and Bihar is not immune to this. It has witnessed a significant increase in the number of Hypertensive Patients. In view of this, our consultants & all Medical Officers held a Group Discussion laying out emphasis on its prevention & medical management. It was also decided that camps of this type will keep on happening on regular basis.
In the evening a Patient Education Program was organised for attendants, employees of the Hospital, relative of IPD/OPD patients. Addressing the audience, Medical Superintendent, Dr Rajeev Ranjan educated them on how Blood Pressure can be better managed. Not only did he cited various causes of Hypertension but he also shed light on its prevention.
Sr. Dietician, Ms Rubeena Perveen shared some vital information with the audience with regard to Dietary Management for patients who are Hypertensive. She advised that the people with Hypertension should avoid increased salt and potassium from their food. She also advised to avoid alcohol.

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