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King Fahad Specialist Hospital Dammam organizes ‘Control Your Blood Pressure’ health education campaign

Saudi Arabia: Sunday, April 21 - 2013 @ 13:23

The campaign will be held under the title (control your blood pressure, to ensure your health), and will be launched on Thursday the 25th of April in Al Khobar Rashid Mall.

The Campaign aims to raise the society awareness about Hypertension, the seriousness of this disease, as well as to review the latest therapeutic and preventive methods, and the early detection methods.

The campaign will encompass exhibitions that will be comprised of multiple educational sections designed to attract all type of visitors in which all of these sections will distribute educational publications about blood pressure, blood pressure complications and the ways to control it.

Moreover, the exhibition will include performing regular blood pressure tests to the visitors and providing them with accurate blood pressure results in addition to raising their awareness about how to control their blood pressure level and maintain it and the importance of nutrition.

In this regard, Dr. Mohammed Al Kharasanee, Cardiology Consultant at King Fahad Specialist Hospital Dammam stated; that the prevalence of Hypertension in Saudi Arabia is increasing rapidly, and the latest statistics performed by King Saud University for Health Sciences reveals an increase of the disease incident to reach an overall 25.5% of the total Kingdom population, and about 55.3% of those people who are affected by Hypertension are unaware of their disease. The statistics also projected an increase of the disease incident to reach up to 49.5% of the overall kingdom population in 2025.

Dr. Kharasane also added that a person may be infected with high blood pressure and may not be aware of it, because high blood pressure is rarely symptomatic, and that there are two types of high blood pressure; the first type is idiopathic and it is the most common, which includes about 95% of cases, while the second type covers about 5% of cases, and this type is caused by known diseases such as kidney disease, endocrine diseases, neurological diseases, and some medicines such as the derivatives of Cortisol and the immunosuppressive drugs.

In the end, Dr. Kharasanee illustrated that high blood pressure is a serious condition, and it can damage the cardiovascular system, including the blood vessels, the heart, the brain, the eyes, and the kidneys, and the more it left undiagnosed the more the results were worse, he also added that one of the most dangerous risks of high blood pressure are heart attacks, which may lead to vision loss, sudden death, or internal brain bleeding as a result of the explosion of the infected artery by a stroke, Therefore, it’s our obligation towards our society to increase their awareness about Hypertension and these risks.

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