Twenty three per cent of urban population has hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure; 20 per cent of the people living in urban areas are unaware that they have BP and 30 per cent have BP in its early stage, according to a survey done by the Indian Hypertension Society.

In contrast BP prevalence in rural areas is between 12 per cent to 14 per cent of the population mostly due to the reasons like rural folk generally work hard, consume more vegetarian food, have no access to the junk food. This finding is based on the survey conducted by ICMR in select villages, a physician of Seven Hills Hospitals Sridhar Srinivasan said at a press conference on Thursday on the eve of World Hypertension Day on Friday. Every year the WHO is organising the day world over to create awareness among the people about hypertension, which is considered as a silent killer since the complications it causes to the heart, kidneys, eye leading to cardiac problems, paralysis, stroke and blindness. Hypertension creates problems that lead to death most of the times but not many people are aware of it.

Lifestyle disease

Sedentary lifestyle, increase in body weight, high intake of salt in food, stress, smoking, alcohol consumption, high cholesterol content, genetic factor in some cases are some of the reasons that cause hypertension.

Hypertension has to be prevented and it can be done by avoiding junk food, doing regular exercise, avoiding high intake of salt, quitting smoking and alcohol, avoiding stress, Dr. Srinivasan said.

Hypertension is seen even in the age group of 40 now. BP is considered normal if the reading on BP apparatus shows 135/80 in those age below 60 and 150/90 in those above 60 years of age. Symptoms of high BP are not generally observed but reeling sensation, feeling heaviness in head, are some symptoms while feeling weak while standing and feeling good after sitting down or laying down might indicate low BP.



  • Quitting smoking and alcohol, avoiding stress will help reduce hypertension: expert

  • Reeling sensation, feeling heaviness in head, are some symptoms

  • Twenty three per cent of urban population has hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure; 20 per cent of the people living in urban areas are unaware that they have BP and 30 per cent have BP in its early stage, according to a survey done by the Indian Hypertension Society.

    In contrast BP prevalence in rural areas is between 12 per cent to 14 per cent of the population mostly due to the reasons like rural folk generally work hard, consume more vegetarian food, have no access to the junk food. This finding is based on the survey conducted by ICMR in select villages, a physician of Seven Hills Hospitals Sridhar Srinivasan said at a press conference on Thursday on the eve of World Hypertension Day on Friday. Every year the WHO is organising the day world over to create awareness among the people about hypertension, which is considered as a silent killer since the complications it causes to the heart, kidneys, eye leading to cardiac problems, paralysis, stroke and blindness. Hypertension creates problems that lead to death most of the times but not many people are aware of it.

    Lifestyle disease

    Sedentary lifestyle, increase in body weight, high intake of salt in food, stress, smoking, alcohol consumption, high cholesterol content, genetic factor in some cases are some of the reasons that cause hypertension.

    Hypertension has to be prevented and it can be done by avoiding junk food, doing regular exercise, avoiding high intake of salt, quitting smoking and alcohol, avoiding stress, Dr. Srinivasan said.

    Hypertension is seen even in the age group of 40 now. BP is considered normal if the reading on BP apparatus shows 135/80 in those age below 60 and 150/90 in those above 60 years of age. Symptoms of high BP are not generally observed but reeling sensation, feeling heaviness in head, are some symptoms while feeling weak while standing and feeling good after sitting down or laying down might indicate low BP.