Cardiology Specialist Prof. Dr. Ergün Seyfeli made warnings on the occasion of “World Hypertension Day”. Stating that hypertension is one of the most common chronic diseases, Seyfeli said, “Blood pressure is known as the pressure exerted by the blood on the vessel wall and its progress above the accepted limits is called high blood pressure, in other words, hypertension. It is known that approximately 1.5 billion people in the world have hypertension. In our country, we can say that approximately 15-20 million people have blood pressure disease. In other words, 1 out of every 3 people over the age of 20 in our country has blood pressure. “This ratio is expected to increase further with the prolongation of human life,” he said.


Noting that hypertension affects many organs, Prof. Dr. Seyfeli said, “Hypertension mostly affects the cardiovascular system. If hypertension is not controlled, it causes a series of life-threatening complications, especially heart failure, heart attack, and arrhythmias. It also causes paralysis by causing arteriosclerosis in the brain, leg and kidney vessels, many complications such as gangrene in the feet, kidney failure, and blindness due to problems in the eye vessels ”.


Stating that it is very important to measure blood pressure at certain intervals as a precaution, Seyfeli said, “Unfortunately, since hypertension does not have its own complaints, it is often detected by chance or by being measured in a health institution visited for other diseases. This means that hypertension is detected when the disease is detected in the late stages or when organ-related diseases (such as heart attack, stroke) occur that are negatively affected by hypertension. In a period when early diagnosis is very important, people over the age of 20 and especially those with hypertension in their family must have their blood pressure checked at certain periods. It is recommended that blood pressure monitoring should be done every 2 years, especially over the age of 20, and once or twice a year above the age of 40, ”he said.


Stating that the most important nutrient associated with hypertension is salt, Prof. Dr. Seyfeli said, “Daily salt intake should be around 5-6 grams, ie 1 teaspoon. If the person has high blood pressure, this amount should be much lower. Salt is present in our daily intake, so there is no need to add salt to the meals at the table again. In Turkey, the habit of pouring salt without even tasting the food is very common. “It is useful to remove salt from the table, in front of the eyes, to give up this habit.

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