Over 30% of population suffering from hypertension: medical body

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A launching ceremony of Myanmar Society of Hypertension (MMSH) held in Yangon on 7 July.  Photo: Thi Thi Min

Over 30 per cent of people above the age of 18 in Myanmar are suffering from hypertension, and the condition can be remedied by leading a healthy lifestyle and eating healthy food, according to an official who attended a ceremony held to form the Myanmar Society of Hypertension Team.
The ceremony was held at the Melia hotel in Yangon on Sunday.
“Roughly, over 40 out of 100 people over the age of 50 are suffering from hypertension across the world. In Myanmar, over 30 per cent of the population above the age of 18 has hypertension. That is a very high percentage,” said Prof Dr. Nay Win, the patron of the Myanmar Society of Hypertension and the chairman of the Myanmar Medical Prectitioner Association.
Hypertension is caused by an unhealthy lifestyle, and the MMSH has been formed to build awareness about high blood pressure, bring down the causes of hypertension, provide effective treatment, and reduce other consequences of hypertension, he said.
“Hypertension therapy can be changed annually. Doctors will get the guidelines and make the public aware of the signs and symptoms of hypertension. They will also cooperate with international organizations,” said Prof Dr Nay Win.
Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure, which is described as an increase in the level of force exerted by the blood on the walls of blood vessels. The signs and symptoms of hypertension are headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, nose-bleeds, heart palpitations, blurred vision, blood in urine, and sudden loss of consciousness. —Thi Thi Min

(Translated by Hay Mar)

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