The Northeast chapter’s president, Dr Amiya Kumar Sarma, said, “World Hypertension Day has been observed since 2005. Hypertension is a ‘silent killer’ with no specific symptoms. People are not aware of the problem till something happens.”
Sarma stressed on lifestyle changes like abstaining from smoking and alcohol, eating green vegetables and fruits and undertaking physical activity like brisk walking and exercise.
Cardiologist Dr Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharya said that one in three persons in urban areas and one in four in rural areas suffered from hypertension. “Both mental and physical stress are linked to hypertension,” he said.