The Study on Overweight, Hypertension and Diabetes (SODIH) showed that the Dominican Republic has a 13% higher world average benchmark in hypertension.
This was stated by Dr. Eladio Perez, Deputy Minister of Public Health, who pointed out that almost 70% of those analyzed did not know they had high blood pressure, which is why they asked citizens to find out their high blood pressure levels. Called to be aware to apply time if you are suffering from this disease.
“Many people know or come to know that the disease is in an advanced stage because of dizziness, severe headache, chest pain, shortness of breath, vomiting, vision changes etc.,” the epidemiologist said.
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For his part, Director of Risk and Disaster Focus Dr. Gina Estrella informed that the Ministry of Health is organizing a National Day of Blood Pressure Measurement, for which blood pressure measurement posts have been set up at the national level, especially in directorates. and health sector.
Its purpose is to encourage the population to investigate the pressure in order to have precise control over it.
“It is important that the population comes to take their blood pressure and know what levels they manage, so that people with high levels go to a specialist and receive appropriate and timely treatment,” Dr Estrella said.
Both the officials asked people to reduce their intake of salt, saturated fat. Also increase water intake so that the body remains hydrated. Among the points of tension he mentioned: the Parque de las Palmas de los Minas, home to the elderly Ciudad Juan Bosch.