High blood pressure affects one in four Irish adults

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Advertisement TAGSdr liam glynnfeaturedhealthhypertension No vaccines in Limerick yet Vicky calls for right to die with dignity Limerick on Covid watch list Print Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Previous articleTogher Talk – Michael StoranNext articleLimerick lensman making waves Liam Togherhttp://www.limerickpost.ieLiam joined the Limerick Post in December 2012, having previously worked in other local media organisations. He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Limerick and is particularly interested in sports writing.center_img Linkedin NewsHealthLifestyleHigh blood pressure affects one in four Irish adultsBy Liam Togher – May 30, 2013 1049 Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Twitter Facebook Hospital bosses deny claims of manipulating trolley figures WhatsApp ONE quarter of the adult population in Ireland is affected by hypertension, the medical term for high blood pressure.That’s according to Dr Liam Glynn, who was speaking during the Irish Heart Foundation’s (IHF) recent campaign for World Hypertension Day which included free blood pressure checks across the country, with the busiest stop being the Crescent Shopping Centre in Dooradoyle, where more than 120 people availed of the facility.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Dr Glynn explained that the condition, despite affecting a quarter of the adult population, can be very difficult to diagnose and that adequate treatment is essential.“It is symptomless so we won’t know if people have it and it is very dangerous because it is a significant cause of heart attacks and strokes, which we are trying to prevent due to their implications.”Dr Glynn stated that only one in three adults with hypertension are diagnosed with the condition, and that only 33 per cent of those diagnosed are treated to an adequate level.He stressed the importance of going for a blood pressure check, as hypertension is difficult to spot but very preventable.“The best way to spot hypertension is to get your blood pressure checked. That’s the big message we’re trying to get across that no matter how stressed, fit or overweight a person is, they could have high blood pressure.As blood pressure increases with age, Dr Glynn recommends that any person over the age of 50 should get a blood pressure check every six months, and the same for any person who has been diagnosed with hypertension.He added that lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, weight loss and a low fat diet can help to ease people’s blood pressure.“I recommend exercising for 20 minutes a day, five days a week and weight loss also helps as there is a direct relationship between weight and high blood pressure. Reduce your salt intake and stick to a low fat diet, and if you are diagnosed, it’s important that you are on the right treatment and that you take your medication every day.”last_img read more

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