News about the treatment of high blood pressure

News about the treatment of high blood pressure
News about the treatment of high blood pressure

According to the most recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO), high blood pressure is a chronic disease. which affects one in three individuals between 30 and 79 years of age worldwide, representing one of the most significant challenges for global health.

This condition, also called ‘the silent killer’, not only increases the risk of suffering from cardiovascular, brain, kidney problems, among others, but is also one of the main causes of premature death and disability.

In Latin America, a third of the population in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Uruguay suffer from hypertension, with the majority of cases in urban areas. These figures highlight the urgent need to treat this disease effectively.

Dr. Nicolás Renna, president of the Argentine Society of Arterial Hypertension (SAHA), points out that in Argentina the proportion of hypertensive patients exceeds that of other countries, with the exception of Paraguay, affecting one in three adults and with a higher prevalence in men than in women. “This scenario is aggravated considering that only 20% of patients with this condition maintain controlled blood pressure below 140/90mmHg”Explain.

“The consequences of hypertension can lead to serious medical problems, such as cardiovascular disease. In addition, sustained high blood pressure can cause damage to the kidneys, eyes and brain, leading to kidney disease, vision problems and cognitive impairment, and is associated with metabolic problems such as insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and abnormal lipid levels”Add.

The cardiologist also mentions that fewer and fewer Argentines access the health system, a situation that worsens in the most disadvantaged sectors.

A treatment for difficult cases

Despite the high prevalence of hypertension in Argentina, Dr. Renna emphasizes that with correct diagnosis and treatment, it is possible to manage the condition efficiently.

It highlights that “Early detection and treatment of hypertension not only prevents serious future complications, but also improves quality of life and promotes healthy aging”.

Furthermore, he highlights that scientific progress plays a crucial role in the fight against hypertension. For example, in Argentina, there is renal denervation, a procedure developed by Medtronic that safely interrupts the interaction between the kidneys and the brain to reduce blood pressure, and constitutes an alternative for those patients in whom medications have not worked. range of effect and that meet certain criteria. Currently, more than 25 thousand people have received this innovative solution around the world.

Finally, the president of the SAHA concludes that, since hypertension is an asymptomatic and chronic disease, it is a priority that key measures be implemented to prevent complications and improve the quality of life of those who suffer from it. “Improving public awareness, ensuring equitable access to medical care and promoting lifestyle changes are key elements to mitigate the burden of hypertension in Argentina,” he says.

Recommendations for adequate control of patients with high blood pressure

1. Maintain a healthy diet, including a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, as well as lean sources of protein such as fish and skinless chicken. It is important to reduce salt intake and increase consumption of foods rich in potassium.
2. Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, as these habits can increase the risk of cardiovascular complications and worsen blood pressure control.
3. Performing physical activity for at least 30 minutes, five days a week, improves blood circulation and helps control, which can help keep blood pressure within recommended levels.
4. Schedule periodic check-ups to evaluate the progress of the condition and possible modification of treatment. It also detects changes in blood pressure and prevents serious complications associated with this condition.
5. Following the prescribed treatment is essential to control hypertension, whether through medications or therapeutic alternatives. It is important not to skip doses or stop treatment without first consulting your doctor.

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