April 7th is approaching which celebrates World Health Day and marks anniversary of WHO foundation in 1948. In order to protect people's health; this day calls for collective actions. So start thinking seriously about your health as well as health conditions around you. Every year a theme is selected for this day to create awareness around the world. 'High Blood Pressure' is selected as a theme for this year - 2013 and the goal is to reduce strokes and heart attacks.
High blood pressure or Hypertension which is a common risk factor for many ailments can produce a lot of complications in the body. It is a medical condition that requires heart to work more in order to circulate blood through blood vessels. This 'silent killer' increases chances of kidney failure, heart attacks, blindness, strokes and peripheral arterial diseases. If your blood pressure is at or above 140/90 mmHg then you tend to suffer from hyper tension. Some of its illustrated consequences are:
- Brain Damage: As brain function depends on blood supply, abruptable supply can lead to several brain problems. Temporary disruption of blood supply can occur resulting in Mini Stroke. Your brain can be deprived of oxygen and other nutrients resulting in damage of brain cells. This leads to Stroke. Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment are other brain diseases related with this.
- Heart Damage: Sometimes blood is prevented to flow freely through arteries resulting in Coronary Artery Disease. Heart failures, enlarged left heart are some of the consequences of hypertension.