Masked hypertension is associated with increased long- term risk of sustained hypertension and cardiovascular morbidity, said K K Aggarwal, national president of IMA. "Evaluating both daytime and nighttime blood pressure is crucial for predicting all cardiovascular events," Aggrawal said.
Nearly 56% of the doctors suffered from irregular BP pattern at night making them prone to future adverse cardiac events, while 37 per cent had nocturnal hypertension, which can never be diagnosed in a clinic blood pressure measurement. Over 50 per cent physicians had uncontrolled hypertension despite taking medication, the official said. ABPM is an effective technique to determine the efficacy of the ongoing BP medication and to monitor blood pressure trends while one sleeps at night.
Hypertension is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular ailments all across the world. Since the symptoms are difficult to detect, it is advisable to get your BP monitored regularly. If you see an upward trend in your blood pressure readings, get in touch with a medical expert and consider altering your diet and lifestyle. Ditch excessive salt and processed food items as well as saturated and trans-fats. Load up on fresh fruits and veggies along with foods rich in potassium, magnesium and calcium. Regular exercising and maintaining a healthy weight and blood glucose levels is of the utmost importance. Let your doctor know in case you have a family history of high blood pressure. Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, sleep on time and keep stress at bay.
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