High blood pressure or hypertension is a major public health challenge. It is common among Malaysians with at least 1 in 3 above age of 18 classified as having hypertension.
It is the main cause of heart attack, stroke, heart failure and the second most important cause of end stage kidney disease in Malaysia. Heart attack and stroke are the top two killers in the country for both men and women.
A number of risk factors increase the chances of having hypertension:
|With age, blood pressure can increase steadily as the arteries become stiffer and narrower due to plaque build-up.
|Some ethnic groups are more prone to hypertension.
|Size and weight
|Being overweight or obese is a key risk factor.
|Excessive alcohol and tobacco
|The lifetime risk is the same for males and females, but men are more prone to hypertension at a younger age. The prevalence tends to be higher in older women.
|Existing health conditions
|High blood sugar, chronic kidney disease, and high cholesterol levels can lead to hypertension, especially as people get older.
Other contributing factors include:
A person with hypertension may not notice any symptoms, and it is often called the “silent killer.” While undetected, it can cause damage to the cardiovascular system and internal organs, such as the kidneys.
Regularly checking your blood pressure is vital, as there will usually be no symptoms to make you aware of the condition.
Long-term hypertension can cause complications through atherosclerosis, where the formation of plaque results in the narrowing of blood vessels. This makes hypertension worse, as the heart must pump harder to deliver blood to the body.
Regular blood pressure testing and Screening can help people avoid severe complications.
Systolic, Diastolic Blood Pressure (mmHg)
<120 and < 80
120-129 and < 80
130-139 or 80-89
Stage 1 Hypertension
≥140 or ≥90
Stage 2 Hypertension
|≥180 or ≥120
Changing your lifestyle can go a long way toward controlling high blood pressure, including:
But sometimes lifestyle changes aren’t enough. In addition to diet and exercise, your doctor may recommend medication to lower your blood pressure.
You are advised to work with a team of medical professionals experienced in providing treatment for high blood pressure to develop an individualized treatment plan.
For further enquiries about high blood pressure (hypertension) screening and management, please consult with our team of doctors or call us today.
Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) is when your blood pressure is measured as you move around, living your normal daily life. It is measured for up to 24 hours. A small digital blood pressure monitor is attached to a belt around your waist and connected to a cuff around your upper arm. It is small enough not to affect your normal daily life and you can even sleep with it on.
Multiple BP readings can be averaged over the 24-hour period to obtain the mean or average BP. Variations in BP and heart rate, the BP distribution pattern, and other statistics can be calculated.
Ambulatory BP monitoring provides additional information about how your changes in BP may correlate with your daily activities and sleep patterns.
– White coat hypertension: Some people who do not take BP lowering drugs (antihypertensive drugs) have elevated BP readings when their BP is taken at a doctor’s office or other health care setting. This is known as “white coat hypertension.” White coat hypertension can result in misdiagnosis of patients whose BP is actually normal. White coat hypertension has been observed in 15%-30% of patients with elevated BP readings. When ambulatory monitoring yields readings within the normal range outside the doctor’s office, patients usually do not need to take antihypertensive drugs.
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