TMH aims to make Jamshedpur healthy heart city

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    Jamshedpur, May 16: Tata Main Hospital (TMH) is all set to observe World Hypertension’ Day on 17th May 2016. The theme for this year is ‘Know Your Numbers’. On the occasion of World Hypertension Day, the Department of Cardiology has planned to conduct screening of BP.

    The screening of BP will be conducted from 17th May to 23rd May in TMH OPD and TMH Clinics at Kadma, Sonari, Sakchi & Baridih for the employees and non-employees. Screening will also be conducted inside Tata Steel works such as the First Aid Stations, East & West plants and OHS. Blood sugar will also be tested as per need and a health card for follow up will be given to each individual.

    A minimal of Rs 30 will be charged from non employee visitors.

    Addressing a pre event press conference at TMH on Monday, doctors said that, hypertension is a major risk factor for heart attacks and brain strokes. High BP may remain ‘silent’, without any symptom, yet cause slow and steady damage to vital organs, heart, brain, kidneys and eyes.

    ‘Hypertension, BP value more than 140/90 mm Hg, is very common, affecting 30% of the adult population worldwide. But only 50% of them are diagnosed to have hypertension. Of those diagnosed only 50% take treatment’, said Dr. Vijaya Bharat, HOD, Cardiology department of TMH.

    She said that most of the patients believe that hypertension gets ‘cured’. Medicines that control BP should not be stopped without regular follow up, since elevated BP may not cause any symptom. The first symptom of untreated hypertension may be a life threatening heart attack or a disabling brain stroke.

    ‘One in five adults suffer from hypertension and people who believe that they don’t have high BP because they have not checked it, said Dr. Bharat, adding, ‘chewing tobacco, smoking is a major factor of hypertension while pickles and high salt intake and ageing are the other reasons behind it’.

    She further said that the aim of cardiology department of TMH is make Jamshedpur a healthy heart city.

    Blood Pressure screening will be conducted at TMH OPD, TMH Clinic- Kadma, TMH Clinic- Baridih, TMH Clinic- Sonari and TMH Clinic- Sakchi from 17th -23rd May from 9: 00 am -12 00 noon.

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