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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

The Cause and How to Avoid Hypertension among Young People

It is no longer news that the effects of cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and even hypotension have become so heavy on the Nigerian society. The real problem is that in the past decade or so we have been witnessing a new phenomenon in which especially young people are steadily falling victim to this dreaded scourge at a pace that has terrified many including medical practitioners and care-givers alike.

Young people should be full of life and vigour

According to the World Health Organisation report from the 2015 world Health Day, hypertension is responsible for an estimated 45 per cent of deaths from heart disease, and 51 per cent of deaths from stroke annually. This is very disturbing, and health experts and researchers especially in Nigeria are wondering why so many young people in the country are caught up in this worrisome trend which experts say is actually also a global issue. Recently experts are beginning to realise also that all of these ailments are rather more of lifestyle related than anything else.