TRUE OR FALSE. Is high blood pressure a disease without symptoms or pain?

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Also called “silent killer”, high blood pressure affects nearly 10 million people in France. Without symptoms or pain, it must be tracked and taken care of to reduce cardiovascular accidents, kidney failure or even dementia. The Toulouse University Hospital is organizing a screening day at the Rangueil hospital this Thursday, September 22.

“Most of the time, high blood pressure does not manifest itself through any symptoms, it is called the silent killer”, says Professor Béatrice Duly-Bouhanick of the high blood pressure and therapeutic department of the Toulouse University Hospital, which is organizing a screening day. (anonymous and free) in the reception hall of the Rangueil hospital this Thursday, September 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The meeting is part of an international public health operation. In France, it is estimated that more than 10 million people are affected.

“Arterial hypertension is defined by a measurement. Generally, a blood pressure measured above 14 for the maximum pressure and above 9 for the minimum pressure must alert and must be reinforced by other measures, at home of the patient by following certain rules. High blood pressure is a disease that does not hurt and can be discovered by accident. It is dangerous because in the long term it can cause a cerebrovascular accident (stroke), a infarction, heart or kidney failure. It is also known to promote dementia”.

Salt, contraception, antidepressants: beware

“The treatment of arterial hypertension begins with lifestyle and dietary measures and, in the first place, the restriction of salt intake; or, 50% of patients do not define the objectives. Regular physical activity and adapted is beneficial, once blood pressure is controlled. , nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, certain antidepressants. Finally, there are several classes of drugs, which must be taken because we are facing a chronic disease; gold, 50% of patients do not take their treatment or take it badly”, concluded Professor Béatrice Duly-Bouhanick.

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