About one billion people across the world suffer from hypertension, which is also called High Blood Pressure, causing about 7.5 million deaths each year.
It is a chronic medical condition during which the blood pressure in the arteries is elevated.
This requires the heart to work harder than normal to circulate blood through the blood vessels. Hypertension is said to be present if the pressure is persistently at or above 140/90 mmHg.
In a message to mark this year’s World Hypertension Day in Accra, Dr. Kojo Essel, a Medical Doctor, Cocoa Clinic, Accra said “to avoid being affected, one has to exercise regularly, reduce salt intake, as well as too much oil in foods and rather eat more fruits and vegetables”.
Dr. Essel urged the public to check their blood pressure regularly, avoid smoking, minimize alcohol intake, and avoid diabetes to prevent any future health problems.