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Why World Hypertension Day Matters More Than Ever,specially for women?

Every year on May 17th, the world unites to raise awareness about a silent killer lurking in the shadows- high blood pressure, or hypertension. But this World Hypertension Day, let's turn the spotlight on women and their growing vulnerability.

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Johanitha Moraes
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Every year on May 17th, the world unites to raise awareness about a silent killer lurking in the shadows- high blood pressure, or hypertension. But this year, let's turn the spotlight on women and their growing vulnerability to this condition.

Rising Hypertension Rates in Women

Data from Pubmed paints a concerning picture: high blood pressure affects about 33% urban and 25% rural population of India. This number is steadily rising, and it'sa global crisis now. Globally, women are increasingly facing the brunt of hypertension.

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Why the Worry?

Hypertension might not cause immediate symptoms, but its consequences are far-reaching. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to a cascade of health problems, including:

  • Heart Disease: Hypertension is a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, and heart failure.
  • Kidney Disease: It can damage the delicate blood vessels in the kidneys, hindering their function.
  • Vision Problems: Uncontrolled hypertension can damage the blood vessels in the eyes, leading to vision loss.
  • Pregnancy Complications: It can increase the risk of preeclampsia, a serious condition affecting pregnant women.

The Impact on Women's Well-being

Hypertension isn't just about physical health, it can significantly impact a woman's well-being. Studies show a link between high blood pressure and:

  • Anxiety and Depression: Chronic stress associated with managing hypertension can contribute to mental health struggles.
  • Fatigue and Reduced Quality of Life: Symptoms like headaches and difficulty sleeping can take a toll on daily activities and overall well-being.
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Why Are Women More Susceptible?

Several factors contribute to the rising rates of hypertension in women:

  • Hormonal Changes: Pregnancy, menopause, and hormonal fluctuations throughout the life cycle can influence blood pressure.
  • Stress and Lifestyle: Women often juggle multiple responsibilities, leading to chronic stress, a significant risk factor. Additionally, unhealthy lifestyle choices like poor diet and lack of exercise can exacerbate the problem.
  • Underdiagnosis and Undertreatment: Research suggests women are less likely to be diagnosed and may not receive the medications or lifestyle changes they need to manage hypertension effectively.
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Tips for Women

The good news is that hypertension is a treatable condition. Here are some steps women can take to maintain healthy blood pressure:

  • Know Your Numbers: Regularly monitor your blood pressure at home or during doctor visits.
  • Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle: Focus on a balanced diet, regular physical activity, and managing stress.
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight: Excess weight can put a strain on your heart and blood vessels.
  • Limit Salt Intake: Excess sodium can contribute to high blood pressure.
  • Partner with Your Doctor: Consult our Gytree experts to develop a personalized plan for managing your blood pressure.

World Hypertension Day is a reminder that we can't ignore this silent threat. By raising awareness, encouraging healthy habits, and advocating for better access to healthcare, we can empower women to take charge of their heart health and live longer, healthier lives. Remember, early detection and management are crucial. Don't let hypertension steal your health and well-being. Take action today!

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