World Hypertension Day: Lucknow is in control of “Hypertension” leading to kidney diseases

May 16, 2018: Instituted by the World Hypertension League (WHL) in 2005, each year World Hypertension Day is celebrated on May 17 to increase the awareness of Hypertension and related disease. With numerous studies and stories hypertension and cardiac ailments are well established relationship but fewer know that hypertension can results in renal failure as well. Over the year India and its tier II cities has also established their relationship with hypertension & renal failure ailments.

According toWHO and Journal of Hypertension 40% urban population and 17% of ruralpopulation are suffering from Hypertension. And out of those 23.5% are male and22.60% are female. Hypertension accounts for nearly 13% of annual globaldeaths. There are accountable reasons which gives birth to hypertension andcause severe damage to the arteries, heart, kidney failure, dementia or boneloss.High blood pressure is result of hypertension which can damage bloodvessels in the kidneys, reducing their ability to work properly. Thisstretching of blood vessels scars and weakens blood vessels including those inthe kidneys. In this process Kidneys may stop removing wastes and extra fluidfrom the body. These excessive fluid in blood may rise blood pressure evenmore, creating a dangerous cycle.

Accordingto Dr. Sanjeev Gulati, Director Nephrology at Fortis Flt. Lt. RajanDhall hospital- While I keep on visiting Lucknow on several occasions Ifound that this city is inclining in grips of hypertension. Among the all knowncause for ailments related to Hypertension “renal” is undervalued. Hypertensionis damaging more other organs than only heart. The number of people seekingrenal consultation due to hypertension has gone up and the age of patients havecome down. Every time I visit Lucknow there are new faces in my OPD regardlessof age or gender. The time has come to evaluate the situation and work towardsraising the attention of hypertension related kidney diseases.”

The symptomsof hypertension and kidney disease are not shown often. The early stages ofboth are swelling called Edema. Once kidney function decreases further one canfeel appetite loss, nausea, vomiting, feeling tired, weight loss, headaches,dry skin, increases or decreased urination and sleep problems. It is high timeif you see or feel such symptoms coupled with hypertension you must visit adoctor.

On theoccasion of World Hypertension Day Mr. Sandeep Guuru, Facility Directorat Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital said- World Hypertension Daygives us the right time and occasion to do more for the society. These worldhealth days are marked not only to celebrate but create awareness for thedisease. We are seeing rise in renal disease due to hypertension and this isthe right day to talk about it. I urge people to talk about it and join handsto raise the awareness.

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