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As Nigerian joins the rest of the world to celebrate World Hypertension Day on May 17 to promote awareness about hypertension and encourage people to prevent and control this silent killer, experts has said that with changing lifestyles and gender roles, the impact of hypertension can be seen in both men and women. It therefore becomes extremely important to be aware of how high blood pressure affects the body to keep it in control and prevent fatalities.
Hypertension is considered to be a common problem in Nigeria as the country currently ranks 6th in Africa and 50 percent of people with the disease.
Bisi Bright, a public health consultant and CEO Livewell Initiative, said one in every three to five Nigerian is hypertensive. “The disease can be averted through a healthy lifestyle, eating balanced diet and getting enough sleep. Nigeria is very stressful place so the stress level is very high. This is because of the poor infrastructure and human resource support systems and these results in stressful conditions, “she said.
Despite the condition being so common, people tend to ignore the common signs and symptoms of hypertension. Almost one-third of people who have high blood pressure aren’t aware of the same because high blood pressure often shows no symptoms. This is the reason why high blood pressure is often referred to as a silent killer. Many people are not able to find out that they have high blood pressure until they face problems with their heart, kidney, or brain.
According to Ojo Sikiru, a Lagos based medical practitioner, said regular health check-ups and proper case management under the supervision of a cardiologist can help manage the condition and treat the hypertension.
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