Popular High Blood Pressure Myths: True or False?

Popular Myths on High Blood Pressure

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1.       Visit the hospital when you feel symptoms- FALSE

  • Unlike many other ailments, there are no peculiar symptoms of high blood pressure itself. In fact, when a person has any symptom that is as a result of hypertension, it is already a complicated state. The only precaution is to routinely do a blood pressure check.

2.       Native treatment can cure hypertension- FALSE

  • For now, there is as yet NO known cure for hypertension (worldwide), and current drug use is to manage the blood pressure at a safe level. There are undoubtedly some medical components in many native roots/herbs but our degree of development in their sciences is still at its infancy stage therefore, ingesting them in their raw form often leads to even more severe unrelated issues like liver problems.

3.       Hypertension only affects old people- FALSE

  • Although the majority of hypertensive people are the senior citizens, younger people and even children can have hypertension. Statistics have shown that there are an increasing number of cases of hypertension in children worldwide and this may not be unconnected with childhood obesity. This year’s World Heart Day is focused on drawing people’s attention to this fact.

4.       Salt intake is linked to hypertension- TRUE

  • The recommended daily intake of salt for an adult averages 1,500gm of salt. That roughly translates to about 1 Teaspoon of salt per day. Scientific studies have proven over time that excessive intake of salt is directly linked with hypertension.

5.       Your lifestyle can cause hypertension- TRUE

  • It is remarkably evident that certain daily habits that culminate into a person’s lifestyle pattern can predispose one to hypertension and even further accelerate the development of heart-related diseases in such a person. Such habits include cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol intake, prolonged stress, obesity and physical inactivity/sedentary lifestyle.

6.       Stop taking medications once you feel okay- FALSE

  • First of all, it is wise to stick to your medications for as long as is prescribed by your doctor. In many cases of chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes, a person may need to still stay on medications to stabilize the condition even when the person may ‘feel okay’. Remember, you cannot ‘feel symptoms’ with high BP except there is already a complication.

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