Sunday January 20, 2013
AROUND one-third of adult Malaysians have hypertension, or high blood pressure, according to the 2011 National Health and Morbidity Survey.
And considering that this is a silent condition, which doesn’t present with any symptoms at all until it has progressed to a very advanced state, many of these people are probably walking around unaware of their dangerous situation.
Uncontrolled hypertension can lead to several health complications, including artherosclerosis – which can in turn lead to angina (chest pain), heart attacks, stroke and aneurysms, dementia and kidney failure, among others.
Now, controlling one’s high blood pressure is not just about popping pills, you also need to watch your diet and stop leading a sedentary lifestyle.
The Malaysian Hypertension Club will be holding a public forum on this topic on Feb 3 at Shangri-la Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
A cardiologist, a family physician, a general physician and a dietician will all be present to answer any questions from the audience.
The club is also organising free screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose at the event, which starts at 3pm.
Places are limited to the first 300 participants.
For more information, visit the club’s website at www.msh.my, or contact Muhammad Syamil at 017-260 0128 or email@example.com.