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High incidence of hypertension amongst the medical fraternity: Study

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Ranchi: In what can be called as a massive feat, the Indian Medical Association, in partnership with the Heart Care Foundation of India(HCFI) and Eris Lifesciences in the form of an unconditional educational grant attempted to record the maximum number of ambulatory blood pressure readings amongst the medical fraternity in a single day.

About 20,000 readings were taken of 533 doctors including those of the IMA leadership spanning 33 Indian cities. The aim being to raise awareness about the benefits of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) in the timely and correct diagnosis of hypertension on the occasion of the World Hypertension Day 2017.

Hypertension is one of the most common lifestyle diseases prevalent today with one in three Indian adults suffering from it.

The incidence of hypertension is equally high amongst the medical fraternity owing to high-stress levels. Often hypertension is misdiagnosed given the difference in blood pressure readings at home and in a clinic.

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) can help in getting a more accurate picture of a person’s BP pattern in a span of 24 hour.

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