One out of every three adults suffers from hypertension in Turkey

President of the Turkish Cardiology Association Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kemal Erol stated that many people with hypertension are not aware of their illness since they do not have symptoms and said, “Unfortunately, most of the time people learn this painful truth after a heart attack or stroke.” said.

Prof. Dr. Erol stated that hypertension is a very common disease with an extremely high incidence, in a statement made on the occasion of the World Hypertension Day.

Erol emphasized that hypertension ranks first among the risk factors causing death in adults worldwide, and that it is perhaps the most important public health problem for adults.

Pointing out that hypertension is an insidious disease with extremely insignificant symptoms, Erol continued as follows:

“It can give general symptoms such as headache, dizziness, tinnitus, but these symptoms may not be present in chronic height. This causes patients who are not diagnosed to live without treatment. However, chronic high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, heart failure, brain hemorrhages. and it is the main risk factor for stroke. “

Prof. Dr. Erol said, “31.2 percent of the adult population in our country has hypertension. In other words, one out of every 3 adults is hypertensive. Its incidence is increasing with age, two out of every three people become hypertensive in the 70s. On the other hand, many people suffering from hypertension do not have symptoms. “He’s not even aware that he has hypertension. Unfortunately, most of the time people learn this painful truth after suffering a heart attack or stroke.”


Prof. Dr. Underlining that the most important step in the diagnosis of the disease is blood pressure measurement, Erol said that they started the “Know Your Value Campaign” as an association, and that their aim is to increase the rates of diagnosis and treatment of hypertension in the society and to minimize the associated risks.

Underlining that the pandemic also has negative effects on hypertension, Erol said, “Covid-19 is of course our primary area of ​​struggle, but this does not mean that chronic diseases and other causes of death have disappeared. Therefore, while focusing on the pandemic, we should not forget other deadly cardiovascular diseases. ” He spoke in the form.

Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kemal Erol, referring to the negative effects of the pandemic process on hypertension, continued his speech as follows:

“Unfortunately, during the Covid-19 pandemic period, the homes were kept closed. This brought the risk of inactivity, weight gain and obesity. The stress factor unfortunately increased. Especially when we consider the group over 65 years of age, where the rate of hypertension is already very high, it has been restricted for over a year. Therefore, staying at home may cause even more negative effects on this risk. Take your walks, do not stay still. ”With a good and appropriate application in our country, the medication reports of chronic diseases were extended during the pandemic period. . “

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