Avoid alcohol, oily food to control hypertension: Study

  • Amarpal Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: May 18, 2016 18:39 IST
World Hypertension Day observed at Hero DMC Heart Institute in Ludhiana on Tuesday. (HT Photo)

Spreading awareness of causes and precautions of hypertension, several hospitals and organisations across the city marked World Hypertension Day by organising health check-up camps.

Hypertension is a silent killer. Alcohol, smoke, high intake of salt, oily food, lack of exercise, obesity and stress are some of the common reasons of hypertension or high blood pressure (BP) . Hypertension damages the functioning of brain, heart and kidneys and also leads to death. It is one of the most common cardiovascular problems that calculate about 60% of all stroke deaths and 25% of all coronary heart disease deaths in India, believes chief cardiologist Dr GS Wander at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) and Dr Paramdeep Singh Sandhu, consultant, cardio department at Fortis Hospital.


During awareness programme at Hero Heart DMC Hospital, Dr Sarabjit said hypertension is a silent killer, as there are no symptoms to identify the disease in initial stages. “The people who regularly drink and smoke, the functioning of brain in such cases is affected up to 20% due to hypertension,” she stated.

The day was celebrated jointly by College of Nursing and Dr Mohinder P Sambhi DMCH hypertension clinic. The theme of the day was ‘know your numbers’ urging people to keep regularly check on their blood pressure. Free blood pressure screening and diet consultancy were included in the agenda. Around 250 persons were screened for blood pressure. Students of College of Nursing also displayed self made posters and models to generate awareness.


Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with the municipal corporation (MC) organised a free health check-up camp on mental well-being at Corporation Office, Zone D, Sarabha Nagar. Over 200 people benefited from the camp.

The objective of the camp was to bring affordable healthcare to the people and to spread awareness about lifestyle-related diseases which can ruin general health and mental well-being.

Municipal corporation commissioner Ghanshyam Thori inaugurated the health camp.


Over 50 patients and their relatives made their presence in the awareness programme organised at Fortis Hospital Ludhiana. The session included question-answer round on various scenarios of daily life.

Dr Sandhu said drug treatment for high blood pressure was a long term. Once it was recommended, that medicines (very often 2 drugs if the BP was more than 160/100 mm) were not to be stopped even after BP had come down to the target level. This was a common mistake committed even by very educated people.

He said, “Ideal blood pressure at all ages should be below 120/80.

In general, medicines are recommended when BP is more than 140/85 mm Hg and in some situations, medicines are recommended even at levels of 130/80 mm Hg.”

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