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  • Updated: May 18, 2023

Engage In Physical Activities, Lifestyle Changes To Manage Hypertension - Cardiologist 

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A professor of Cardiology and Internal Medicine of the Osun State University, UNIOSUN, Professor Olayinka Akinwusi has advocated for more engagement in physical activities and lifestyle changes as a way to manage hypertension.

Akinwusi also advised for proper medical checkup and stopping of use of unprescribed drugs among the citizens.

She gave the advice while featuring on a radio programme in Osogbo to mark the World Hypertension Day which comes up annually on May 17.

The theme of this year's World Hypertension Day is; "Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer".

Akinwusi who revealed that there are two types of hypertension; primary and secondary hypertension added that people while watch out for some risk factors.

"Increased salt intake. Excessive salt leads to hypertension. This has been confirmed by scientific and medical studies. 

"Everybody should reduce their salt intake. Local seasoning is an option to be explored.

"High salt intake has encouraged the epidemic of hypertension which we are battling with."

She also listed obesity, chronic alcoholism, tobacco intake, stress, make gender, sedentary lifestyle, use of unprescribed drugs, ingestion of Indian hemp and cocaine, abuse of drinks and different types of teas, poor sleep hygiene and old age as other risk factors that predisposes one to hypertension.

She explained that hypertension was a silent killer and if left unmanaged it could lead to stroke, heart diseases, heart attack, chronic renal failure and even blindness.

"Complications from hypertension are stroke presenting with paralysis, twisted face and affecting speech and facial muscles.

"Transient ischemic attack otherwise known as minor stroke can develop. It is a danger signal that a major stroke is on the way and medical attention is needed.

"Heart failure affecting heart vessels, heart attack, chronic renal failure, affects the eyes leading to blindness.

"It is a multi systemic disease which affects the whole body.

"We need to be careful so that we can live long."

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