Famhealth spoke to Cardiologist, Dr AK Pancholia, HOD, Clinical and Preventive Cardiology, Arihant Hospital, Indore on different tests to measure high blood pressure
The 3 ways to diagnose and monitor blood pressure:
Of the above, all the latest hypertension management guidelines globally endorse home monitoring as most effective and is recognised for its importance.
He adds, medicines in isolation are limited in their efficacy without making critical lifestyle changes. It is imperative for patients to cut down on salt and saturated fats; increase vegetables and fruits in diet; exercise; avoid smoking and alcohol and manage stress levels.
Un-necessary” consumption of pain-killers, cough and cold remedies; anti-depressants or oral contraceptive pills over a long time are the main reasons and causes of uncontrolled and resistant hypertension.
Dr. AK Pancholia adds that it is advisable for patients to modify their lifestyle in consultation with their doctor (especially on the intensity of exercise. Vigorous exercise is harmful for uncontrolled/resistant hypertensives or those with heart diseases) .
Studies have shown that hypertension is the biggest risk factor for severe complications from COVID-19, thus prevention of this virus is most advisable.