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Public urged to do regular check ups for high blood pressure

Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure is medical disease that can lead to heart attack, stroke, and heart failure, including other health problems.

It is a leading cause of premature death worldwide and in  Uganda, the 2014 national STEPwise survey revealed that 24.4 percent of Ugandans have hypertension.

In addition, the survey revealed that 70 percent of respondents had never had their blood pressure measured, while 76.1 percent of those found with high blood pressure were unaware and hence not on treatment.

Even though hypertension is a silent killer with no symptoms, it can be avoided by regularly exercising, eating more fruits and vegetables, avoiding tobacco, avoiding excessive consumption of alcohol, and limiting foods high in saturated fats, among other risk factors.
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