Twenty percent of the adult population in Kathmandu Valley is thought to be suffering from high blood pressure, a study conducted by Norvic International Hospital, shows. High blood pressure increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
The hospital, which had organized free blood pressure check-up camps in 10 different parts of Kathmandu and Lalitpur on Tuesday, informed that among those having high blood pressur, majority are service holders followed by self-employed people.
According to the hospital, 990 individuals including 533 males and 457 females had themselves checked up by medics at the camps. Out of them 15 percent were already taking a single dose of anti-hypertensive medication. Majority of them also informed that they smoke while some of them said they take alcohol, red meat, fast food and pickles.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said that one in every six people worldwide has high blood pressure, which means approximately one billion world population is hypertensive. However, very few people are aware of the disease.
Doctors advise testing blood pressure on a regular basis and changing food habit.
Replacing animal products with fruits and vegetables decrease the risk of overweight and obesity, which are associated with increased risk of high blood pressure and type-II diabetes.
The hospital had set up the blood pressure check-up camps at Bhatbhateni Super Stores at Baluwatar, Maharajgunj, Pulchowk, City Centre and Kamalpokhari; Civil Mall, Sundhara; Norvic Hospital Thapathali; and Three Star Club, Patan. Similarly, health workers at the hospital have also provided the services at Readymade Mall, Khichapokhari; Saleways, Jawalakhel; and Sherpa Mall, Durbar Marga.