283837_6389Health experts said on Saturday that 50 percent adult population are living with hypertension in Pakistan and they called for concert efforts to spread awareness about the need to control blood pressure levels.

These statistics shared by renowned cardiologists while addressing at an awareness seminar in connection of World Hypertension Day 2015, organized by Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) and Pakistan Hypertension League at Dow Medical College Arag Auditorium here. The World Hypertension Day is observed on every 17th May, globally.

Speakers pointed out that in our country the prevalence of hypertension is 50 percent in adult population above 50 years of age, while 30 percent in people around 30 years age and five to seven percent amongst children.

Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz Lashari said hypertension is a silent killer and many people are living with this disease in the country. He said awareness about hypertension disease is key to ward off its further complications.

He said obesity, under-weight babies, consumption of junk food, stress and less physical activity are common causes of hypertension disease in the society.

Prof Khalida Soomro advised people for a positive life style change including reduction of salt intake, alcohol consumption and maintaining proper weight, besides enhancing physical activity.

Dr Nusrat Shah, a gynecologist at the Civil Hospital Karachi said hypertension is a leading cause of maternal mortality in the country. She stressed the need of creating awareness about disease in women.

Experts revealed that hypertension is a global epidemic and 7 million people die from high blood pressure or hypertension annually, while 1.5 billion suffer from this disease every year, globally.

According to Pakistan Medical Research Council (PMRC) data (1997) 18 percent Pakistan population above 15 year was suffering from hypertension.

Prof Azhar Farooqui, Prof Junaid Ashrif, Dr Rakshanda, Dr Tanveer Alam, Dr Hussain Haroon and other spoke.