Obesity leading cause of hypertension, expert (detailed news)

Karachi: Senior Cardiologist Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases Prof Dr Mansoor Ahmed on Thursday said obesity is recognized as a major risk factor for hypertension, diabetes, ischemic heart disease and variety of other illnesses.

He expressed these views while addressing a press conference Karachi Press Club (KPC) in connection of “World Hypertension Day” to be observed on 17 May at worldwide. Coordinator Pakistan Hypertension League (PHL) Dr Abdul Rasheed Khan, Assistant Prof ASH Dr Kanwal Amir were also present.

Dr Mansoor said although anyone can develop hypertension, not only the adult are vulnerable to the disease but also children can have the high BP. The risk factors include obesity, physical, inactivity, high slat and sodium intake, low potassium intake, excessive alcohol consumption and diabetes.

He said obesity in Indo-Pak subcontinent is widely prevalent and its incidence is rapidly rising especially in the urban communities. He said obesity and heredity also play a role in the development of hypertension.

He informed that high blood pressure is the largest single cause of deaths worldwide through strokes, heart attacks and kidney diseases. He said 18 percent Pakistani population is hypertensive of which 97 percent are uncontrolled. He said high blood pressure is considered silent killer in medical profession and there is dire need of spreading awareness in society about the disease.

Coordinator PHL Dr Abdul Rasheed Khan said it is very important for the general public to realize that the blood pressure is a silent killer and as it has no oblivious and significant symptoms so majority of the patient does not take medicines and they ignore the complications of hypertension.

He informed that Pakistan Hypertension League was founded in 1997 with the objective of creating awareness about high blood pressure. He said PHL has 11 regional chapters in all major cities of country.

Dr Kanwal Amir said low blood pressure complaint is generally common in women due to their inactivity in daily life. She said high blood pressure during pregnancy is very harmful for baby growth and it may also cause other abnormalities in babies.

She stressed the need of adopting simple dietary principles and daily exercise can obtain the desired results. She said media should convey message to the public for adopting healthy life style which have sufficient impact on reducing the hypertension population and complication.

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