Smog sending more hypertension patients to hospitals, say doctors in Agra | Agra News

Agra: With an AQI of 450, Agra was one of the most polluted cities in the country on Saturday. Doctors at government hospitals here say that they have seen a whopping 50% increase in the number of patients with high blood pressure at the OPDs. While changing weather often causes BP to go north, extreme pollution in the form of smog is also causing hypertension among people.

Dr Ajay Agarwal, chief superintendent of Agra’s biggest hospital, SN Medical College, said, “In winters, we generally see a rise in hypertension patients coming to the hospital OPD. However, this year, such patients have started coming sooner than expected. Thick smog due to existence of harmful gases in the atmosphere is the main reason behind this development. Not just heart, all body organs are affected by such high levels of pollution.”

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