Hypertension rises in young adults

A worrying trend - more young people are presenting themselves with high blood pressure and other health problems associated with the disease. Picture: AOPA

MORE young people are presenting themselves with high blood pressure and other health problems associated with the disease.

This was revealed by the Colonial War Memorial Hospital’s consultant physician, Dr Shrish Acharya, while making presentation on hypertension in women during the Fiji College of General Practitioners conference at the Warwick Fiji Resort on the Coral Coast.

Dr Acharya said this was the trend with young people because of their lifestyle.

“We have more young people coming in with high blood pressure and problems associated with high blood pressure,” he said.

“This is because of our lifestyle — overweight, alcohol, lack of physical activity, attitude towards health behaviour,” Dr Acharya said.

He said one of the things the Health Ministry found was that men and women had not been visiting health centres for testing and screening for high blood pressure.

“By the time they realise, they have high blood pressure and organ failure or kidney failure or stroke, which are some things we are trying to prevent by treating high blood pressure.

“The message is that people should have frequent checks for high blood pressure before they get a major organ failure.”

He said more people were suffering from high blood pressure because they do not take their medications according to the period prescribed by medical professionals.

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