Ikorodu, May 19th, 2023 – In observance of World Hypertension Day, Dr. Lookman Kareem, a Consultant Physician and Cardiologist at General Hospital Ikorodu, took the opportunity to shed light on the signs, risks, and potential consequences of hypertension during an interview on IKD106.1FM. Describing hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, as a silent killer due to its lack of symptoms, Dr. Kareem stressed the importance of early detection and treatment to prevent its potentially severe outcomes.
Hypertension is a chronic condition characterized by elevated blood pressure levels that can go unnoticed and untreated for years, hence earning its reputation as a silent killer. Dr. Kareem highlighted that poor lifestyle choices, including unhealthy dietary habits and a sedentary lifestyle devoid of regular exercise, are among the main risk factors for developing hypertension.
“If left unaddressed, hypertension can lead to a range of serious heart conditions, such as heart attacks, heart failure, strokes, renal complications, and even premature death,” cautioned Dr. Kareem. However, he also provided reassurance, noting that hypertension can be prevented and effectively managed through regular blood pressure monitoring and appropriate treatment.
One of the key aspects emphasized by Dr. Kareem was the need to increase public awareness about hypertension. By educating individuals about its risks, symptoms, and the importance of early detection, it is possible to empower people to take control of their health and make informed decisions regarding their lifestyle choices.
“Raising public awareness about hypertension is crucial,” affirmed Dr. Kareem. “By promoting access to early detection methods, we can ensure timely interventions and reduce the burden of hypertension-related complications.”
Regular blood pressure checks are instrumental in identifying hypertension at an early stage, allowing for prompt intervention and appropriate management. Dr. Kareem encouraged individuals to prioritize routine blood pressure monitoring, especially if they possess any of the known risk factors or have a family history of hypertension.
On World Hypertension Day, health professionals and organizations around the world join forces to advocate for improved prevention and management strategies. Dr. Kareem’s discussion on IKD106.1FM serves as a valuable contribution to this global effort, highlighting the significance of proactive healthcare measures and the necessity of regular blood pressure assessments.
As the commemoration of World Hypertension Day continues, the message echoed by Dr. Kareem resonates: increased public awareness, coupled with early detection and effective management, can make a significant difference in combating hypertension and its associated complications.
It is imperative for individuals to prioritize their cardiovascular health by adopting a healthy lifestyle, making prudent dietary choices, engaging in regular physical activity, and regularly monitoring their blood pressure. By doing so, the potential risks posed by hypertension can be mitigated, enabling individuals to lead longer and healthier lives.
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