Kashmir Indepth

‘Over 19 % of 15 plus population in J&K suffer from elevated blood pressure’

Arbeenah Shah

Srinagar Oct 08 (KINS): At least 19 percent of over 15 years population in Jammu and Kashmir has elevated blood pressure and are taking medicines to control it.

This has been stated in the recent National Family Health Survey (NFHS).

According to the survey 19 percent of the over 15 years of population in J&K has elevated blood pressure and are taking medicine to control it.

According to news agency Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS), the survey has found that more women are suffering from elevated blood pressure than men.

“Elevated hypertension among women in J&K was recorded at 20 percent and 18.9 percent for men, while the national average settled at 21.3 percent and 24 percent, respectively. Notably, several of J&K’s nutritional indicators have worsened since the fourth round of the NFHS, which was held in 2015-16,” it says,

Hypertension is a condition in which the force of the blood against the walls of the arteries is too high. The incidences of hypertension have seen a sharp rise in Kashmir and while earlier it was common in the older age groups.

Some of the common indications of high blood pressure include severe headache, blurring vision, breathing difficulty, especially breathlessness on exertion, chest discomfort, and easy fatigability. (KINS)

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