The World Hypertension League (WHL) annually celebrates a health intervention on hypertension. 2016’s theme is:

“Know Your Numbers”

What we all assume is that hypertension, also known as high blood pressure is a disease for the old or for the rich, with their sedentary lifestyles.

But what is hypertension? It is an abnormal high blood pressure. Normal blood pressure should consistently read as 140 over 90.

Research findings show that high blood pressure is a silent killer and is the leading factor of mortality globally, more than HIV/AIDS.

What causes it exactly?

1.Have you been eating a lot of sodium or less sodium? Are you that person who is extreme at the table, salting the foods so much? Or not using salt at all?

2. Obesity, may lead to higher chances of having high blood pressure. This is because there would be extreme force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood.

3. Consuming excessive alcohol regularly is also a possible cause of hypertension. That’s why it is usually advisable to hydrate while consuming alcohol.

4. Stress is another cause of hypertension. Stress may result in restless, sleeplessness, emotional tension and anxiety. All this would disrupt normal functioning of the body.

5. Potato couches, laziness and lack of exercising may lead to abnormal high blood pressure. Taking the stairs as opposed to the lifts, evening walks, morning jogs all help regulate the blood pressure.

Earlier detection can help reduce fatality. Symptoms such as persistent headaches, blurred vision, and shortness of breath and constant nose bleeding would be ago ahead to getting checked. Know your numbers by visiting a medical Centre, for screening. It affects children and the youth as much as it does to the old.

Principal Investigator Health Heart Africa and University of Nairobi lecturer Prof Elijah Ogola said there is need for change of lifestyle. He said.

“Lifestyle measures need to be adopted to contain high blood pressure in the country. People need to drink moderately, quick smoking, reduce consumption of salt and exercise regularly,”

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