Hyderabad, Apr 6 UNI | 4 months ago

Dr Venkata S Ram, Hypertension Specialist at Apollo Hospitals, today said high Blood Pressure is called a 'silent killer ', it also causes heart attack, kidney failure, brain disease, and memory loss.

Delivering lecture on 'Silent killer blood pressure robs one off health' organised by public garden walkers association at Indira Priyadarshani Auditorium here, Dr Ram said, "Hypertension or high blood pressure is an important cause of illness, disability, and death in our country."

"Unfortunately the problem of high blood pressure (high BP) is steadily increasing in India--both in the urban and rural areas, in the young and in the old, and in the women and men. Untreated high BP can cause heart attack, kidney failure, stroke-paralysis, and loss of memory.

"In the last 2-3 decades the percentage of people with high BP has risen from 5-6 per cent to 30 per cent is one of the highest in the world. If we don't control high BP, India will face enormous public health burden draining our human and financial resources," Dr Ram said.

(Posted on 06-04-2014)