One in Three Nigerian Adult is Hypertensive – Medical Experts

One in Three Nigerian Adult is Hypertensive – Medical Experts

President of the Nigerian Cardiac Society, Dr. Okechukwu Ogah has made a revealed one out of every three Nigerian adults has high blood pressure.

The medical doctor said this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN on Friday.

He attributed the rising rate of high blood pressure among adults to unhealthy and sedentary lifestyle.

At the just concluded 47th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Cardiac Society, it was noted with great concern that the frequency of heart disease in Nigeria is not only high but rising.

“The increase in heart disease may not be unconnected to the current lifestyle that favors physical inactivity and consumption of unhealthy diets, rich in dietary salt.

Speaking further, he noted more people are reporting at hospitals with cases of heart attack like never before.

He advised the public  to engage in physical exercise as this could reduce the cause of heart attack

“Exercise can be easy and fun especially when it is built into the daily routine.

“Involving the whole family creates group support and quality time with loved ones.

“Aerobic exercises such as brisk walking, gardening, jogging, dancing, engaging in house-chores such as sweeping, swimming, washing your car for 30 -45minutes three times a week will be just fine.

“A healthy diet is one that contains all the food nutrients in the right proportion.“

Dr. Ogah who is a consultant cardiologist at the Department of Medicine, University College Hospital Ibadan also urged the public to eat moderate size meal and limit consumption of fatty and processed food.

Source: NAN

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