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Live life without high blood pressure
I remember when I was in college I was not feeling well. Once I was told by one of my friends to check my blood pressure. I went to a doctor known to me. He told me I need to maintain healthy lifestyle for few days as my blood pressure is high. I was given some medicines and accordingly I did some exercises to keep myself fit.

This happened thirteen years back when I was in my 20s. We may or may not know many things related to high blood pressure  but the fact is more than one in three adults worldwide has high blood pressure, with the proportion going up to one in two for people aged 50 and above. The number of people with hypertension rose from 600 million in 1980 to one billion in 2008, complications of high blood pressure account for more than nine million deaths worldwide every year. This includes 51% of deaths due to strokes and 45% of deaths due to coronary heart disease.

High blood pressure – also known as raised blood pressure or hypertension – increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. If left uncontrolled, high blood pressure can also cause blindness, irregularities of the heartbeat and heart failure. The risk of developing these complications is higher in the presence of other cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes. However, high blood pressure is both preventable and treatable. In some developed countries, prevention and treatment of the condition, together with other cardiovascular risk factors, has brought about a reduction in deaths from heart diseases.

We can stay away from it if we practice some of the basic things like reducing salt intake; eating a balanced diet; avoiding harmful use of alcohol; taking regular physical activity; maintaining a healthy body weight and avoiding tobacco use.

We need to have healthy lifestyle and stay away from the bad habits which might increase high blood pressure. This term may be popular but we must not forget the global fact and figures around the world which say that it might lead to death. We must control our high blood pressure to maintain control over life. It is possible when we are firm to take it else we invite problem in our life. This year, World Health Day which was observed on 7th April marking the foundation of World Health Organisation, focused on controlling high blood pressure to control life.

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