May 17, 2017, Bengaluru: On the occasion of World Hypertension Day i.e. May 17, 2017, a study by Indus Health Plus revealed 40% of men and women from the 25-35 years age group have reported of pre-hypertension. If left untreated, it would develop into hypertension eventually, leading to stroke or cardio-vascular diseases (CVDs). The sample size for the study was 12,250 people who underwent preventive health check-up during January – December 2016.

The report states 20% of men and 15% of women from rural parts adjoining Bangalore have also been diagnosed with hypertension due to physical inactivity and pesticides in the food.

Mr. Amol Naikawadi, Preventive Healthcare Specialist, Indus Health Plus says, “90 % of the population are unaware about the silent symptoms of Hypertension. Bangalorians are not meeting healthy lifestyle recommendations that are important in preventing hypertension and its complications. While those from urban areas blamed work pressure and job insecurity for rising levels of stress and eventually hypertension, people from semi-rural and rural area blamed the increasing cost and increased in-house expenditure. If not treated on time, hypertension can lead to heart problems, renal and multiple organ failure. A timely and routine check-up can reduce the risk of Hypertension.”

Key findings from the survey:

·         40% males and 35% females from IT and BPO sector, consume tobacco and alcohol on a daily basis

·         30% males and 29% females of all age group are prone to obesity and hyperlipidemia-induced hypertension due to consumption of junk food аnd physical inactivity

·         As young as 20 years old were diagnosed with hypertension due to the sedentary lifestyle. The youngsters from all sectors possess a grave risk of cardio-vascular diseases (CVDs)

·         The basic reason for high blood pressure is atherosclerosis. There are multiple factors responsible which leads to atherosclerosis resulting in hypertension which include stress, sedentary lifestyle, faulty food habits, lack of exercise etc. 40% men and 38% women from the age group of 35-55 years have atherosclerosis, putting them at high risk of hypertension

·         It was also observed that 50% of people who were diagnosed with hypertension had family history of BP and heart diseases. Out of these, from the age group of 45-55 years, 28% men and 24% women were obese and 32% men and 29% women were diabetic which leads to high risk of heart diseases and strokes

·         Out of all the IT/BPO professionals coming for checkup, 30% of them were detected to be suffering from hypertension

Hypertension is defined as a systolic blood pressure (BP) ≥140 mmHg and/or diastolic BP ≥90 mmHg, while prehypertension is a systolic BP 120–139 mmHg. Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque builds up inside your arteries. Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood to your heart and other parts of your body. Atherosclerosis can lead to serious problems, including heart attackstroke, Hypertension. One can control Hypertension by doing Yoga аnd meditation on regular basis.