Today I delivered a talk on role of new drugs like azilsartan in management of hypertension or high blood pressure . It was focused mainly on the risks involved in leaving blood pressure untreated or under treated and also on the role of medications and drugs for blood pressure.
High blood pressure is aptly called as silent killer. More than 38 crore Indians are suffering from high blood pressure and mostly are not treated or are treated suboptimally. The major brunt of this is borne by heart , blood vessels , kidneys, brain and eyes. High blood pressure is a menace that needs to be tackled timely and fully as half hearted or suboptimal treatment fails to achieve the desired results.
The good thing about blood pressure is that in most of the patients hypertension gives enough time window to diagnose and treat optimally without any permanent damage. Blood pressure can be screened easily, cheaply and frequently. Even routine blood pressure medicines required to control hypertension of more than 90 percent of patients are very cheap and safe. So there is a big gap between ideal diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure and the real scenario in the country.
As cardiologist and doctors it’s our responsibility to spread the awareness of hypertension screening and management and also promote healthy life styles and give the gift of health to people.