Hypertension – The Silent Killer

Which of the following conditions is known as the “silent killer”?

  1. Heart Arrhythmia
  2. High Cholesterol
  3. Hypertension
  4. Hemolytic Anemia

Answer: Hypertension 

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular disease in the world. Undiagnosed hypertension can cause strokes, heart attacks, heart failures and vascular disease over time if left untreated. Many people with hypertension are unaware they have it. In fact, hypertension is known as the “silent killer” because a severe heart attack or stroke may be the first warning sign of the condition.

Hypertension rates are on the rise globally, generally due to risky lifestyle behaviors. According to World Health Organization data over 22% of adults over the age of 18 suffer from hypertension.

Treating hypertension is not only about taking medication. Blood pressure can also be reduced by changing lifestyle and behavior. People concerned about their blood pressure should:

  1. Reduce salt intake
  2. Lose Weight
  3. Drink less alcohol
  4. Exercise more
  5. Quit smoking

More details can be found here.

The most important thing is to see your doctor to get a correct diagnosis to determine if your health is at risk from the “silent killer”.