Nearly 54% Of Women & 46% Of Men Have Hypertension: Survey
According to the survey, hypertension cases in women are higher than in men. Factors such as salt and fat intake, obesity, hormonal imbalance, prolonged use of oral contraceptive pills, pregnancy, and even menopause contribute to this disorder
Nearly 54 per cent of women and 24 per cent of men in India suffer from chronic hypertension disorder, said a survey conducted by Meddo Health based on 844 respondents. As per international data, India has one of the lowest treatment rates for hypertension.
According to the survey, hypertension cases in women are higher than in men. Factors such as salt and fat intake, obesity, hormonal imbalance, prolonged use of oral contraceptive pills, pregnancy, and even menopause contribute to this disorder. Besides this, the elevated stress levels at work and maintaining a work-life balance that has changed the position of woman from a bread maker to a bread earner is also linked to high blood pressure, ultimately leading to hypertension.
The survey also reveals that the cases of hypertension have increased significantly due to higher levels of stress recorded during the pandemic outbreak. Stay-at-home norms, living in isolation, laying off at jobs, and economic slowdown have contributed immensely to high blood pressure cases. In addition, a sedentary lifestyle and shutdown of fitness and yoga centers also resulted in poor health management, increasing the number of high cholesterol, cardiovascular, and kidney diseases.
Hypertension, is a chronic condition that requires immediate medical treatment. Being a common lifestyle disorder, it alters the quality of life and requires close monitoring and management of blood pressure. A value less than 120/80mmHg indicates normal blood pressure, while a value higher than 140/90mmHg indicates hypertension.
"With the growing number of hypertension cases, India is slated to become one of the largest countries in the world with cardiovascular diseases including heart attack, stroke, diabetes mellitus, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation. Any factor that leads to high stress or blood pressure needs to be controlled immediately to build a healthy nation,” commenting on the findings Saurabh Kochhar, Founder & CEO of Meddo Health said.
“Managing hypertension starts with lifestyle management. Following a healthy diet with low sugar and salt, regular exercise routines, and stress management practice decreases the chances of inflammation in blood vessels that leads to heart attack, stroke, or failure,” the CEO added.