Hypertension is a condition which becomes threatening/ fatal when a person is ageing and is approaching his/her late 40s.
The lifestyle changes in urban cities, observed over past few years — like sedentary work profiles, unhealthy eating habits, increased consumption of alcohol and cigarettes and growing stress levels — have contributed to hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, among younger generation.
Dr JD Mukherji says “What is more disturbing is that most people are not aware of their hypertensive condition and its adverse impact on their health, in the long term.” It is therefore important to spread awareness about this condition and its impact among common public at large.
Hypertension makes your heart work too hard. The increased pressure on the blood vessels force your heart muscles to pump more frequently with higher force in comparison to a healthy heart. This can lead to heart attacks and chest pains.
When blood vessels get damaged, the nephrons that filter blood do not receive the required oxygen and nutrients. That’s the reason why high blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure. Additionally, it can also lead to chronic kidney diseases and acute renal failure.
High blood pressure can damage the vessels supplying blood to one’s retina, causing retinopathy. This condition can lead to bleeding in the eye, blurred vision and complete loss of vision.
Also, if you have both diabetes and high blood pressure, you’re at an even greater risk to suffer retinopathy. It can also lead to Hypertensive retinopathy and acute blindness.