High blood pressure (BP) or hypertension is the most risk factor for renal disease and cardiovascular diseases common non-communicable disease and a significant such as heart attacks, stroke, and left ventricular hypertrophy globally. Sufferers of hypertension are usually unaware that they have the condition, thus many present with the complications or sudden death, and is therefore referred to as a ’silent killer’. Read more of this paper below.
Read this paper by the World Journal on Cardiology on how hypertension is prevalent in Nigeria.
The adverse effects of hypertension or raised blood pressure are compounded because many people affected also have other risk factors such as:
Tobaco use(it increase the risk of complications among those with hypertension)
High cholesterol with 39% in adults over 25years-WHO
Diabetes mellitus-10% in adults over 25years -WHO
Harmful use of alcohol
If appropriate action or steps are not taken, death due to to these factors are projected to rise further. And not addressing hypertension or raised blood pressure in a timely fashion will have a significant economic and social impact.
Hypertension or raised blood pressure kills over 7 million souls globally and what are we waiting for; should we allow it to continue?
It is for these reasons that Rays of Hope Support Initiative was founded. Join us in creating awareness and providing assistance and resources to others in order to reduce the damaging effects of this deadly “silent killer’ disease.
The prevalence of hypertension in Nigeria is between 30 and 40 per cent (%) in the adult population above the age of 15 years said Dr Kingsley Kola Akinroye (The Guardian, 6th April,2016).
Close to 40% Nigerians Adults are hypertensive; what can we do to reduce the incidence of heart diseases in this part of the world?
Promotion of healthy diets.
Less consumption of diets with high cholesterol
Less salt(sodium) in diets
Reduce tobacco consumption
Less sedentary activity/increase physical activity
Reduce alcohol consumption
Reduction of the mean blood pressure in the population and those with elevated blood pressure to use blood pressure tablets regularly (be on medications and follow it up).
Government should encourage the local manufacturing of hypertensive drugs.
Provide support for treatment centre
Support initiative on cardiovascular rehabilitation centre
Govt should establish cardiovascular rehabilitation centres round the geo-political zones
Cut back on consumption of sugar loaded drinks- It can make one become overweight or obese with time. It can also cause spike in ones’ blood sugar level
Join our organization awareness initiative on this “silent killer”. Let’s end this unnecessary crisis.