What is hypertension?
Hypertension, also known as high or raised blood pressure, is a common and dangerous condition. Having high blood pressure means the pressure of the blood in your blood vessels is higher than it should be. If left uncontrolled, hypertension can lead to a heart attack, stroke, an enlargement of the heart and eventually heart failure. It can also lead to kidney failure, blindness and cognitive impairment. But you can take steps to control your blood pressure and lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.
This month we will discuss the danger of hypertension: its signs and symptoms, risk factors, how it can be prevented, how it is diagnosed, how it can be controlled and different types of treatment available.