TRUTH OR LIE.  Is high blood pressure a disease without symptoms and pain?  – LaDepeche.fr

TRUTH OR LIE. Is high blood pressure a disease without symptoms and pain? – LaDepeche.fr

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High blood pressure, also called the “silent killer”, affects almost 10 million people in France. Without symptoms and pain, it must be detected and treated to reduce cardiovascular events, kidney failure or even dementia. Toulouse University Hospital is organizing a screening day at Rangueil Hospital this Thursday, September 22nd.

“Arterial hypertension usually shows no symptoms, it is called the silent killer”, declares Pr Béatrice Duly-Bouhanick from the Arterial Hypertension and Therapeutics Department of the Toulouse University Hospital, which is organizing a screening day (anonymous and free) in the reception hall of Rangueil Hospital this Thursday, September 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The meeting is part of an international public health operation. It is estimated that more than 10 million people in France are affected.

“Arterial hypertension is defined by measurement. In general, blood pressure measured above 14 for maximum pressure and above 9 for minimum pressure should be a warning and must be confirmed by further measurements at home by the patient following certain rules. High blood pressure is a disease that does not hurt and can be discovered by accident. It is dangerous because in the long term it can cause stroke, heart attack, heart or kidney failure. It is also known to promote dementia”.

Salt, contraceptives, antidepressants: beware

“Treatment of arterial hypertension starts with lifestyle and dietary measures and above all limiting salt intake, but 50% of patients do not adhere to the goals. Regular and adapted physical activity is beneficial once blood pressure is reduced.” It is also necessary to monitor whether there are resistance factors: some drugs can cause hypertension, such as estrogen-gestagen contraception in young women and in the world non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, some antidepressants. there are several classes of drugs that must be taken because we are dealing with a chronic disease, however, 50% of patients do not take the treatment or take it poorly,” concludes Professor Béatrice Duly-Bouhanick.

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