A Closer Look at Hypertension on World Hypertension Day with MapMyGenome

A Closer Look at Hypertension on World Hypertension Day with MapMyGenome


As we commemorate World Hypertension Day on May 17th, it’s crucial to shed light on the silent yet deadly health condition known as hypertension. Hypertension, characterized by persistently high blood pressure, affects an estimated one-third of adults globally.

Decoding Hypertension

Hypertension is a medical term for high blood pressure, a condition where the force exerted by the blood against the artery walls is too high. Often referred to as the “silent killer,” hypertension can lead to severe health complications like heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease if not managed properly.

Hypertension Manifestations

Although hypertension typically doesn’t present any symptoms, some individuals might experience:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Breathlessness
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Chest discomfort
  • Problems with vision

MapMyGenome’s Role in Hypertension Management and Prevention

MapMyGenome’s Genomepatri is a comprehensive personal genomics test that covers over 100 conditions, including hypertension. Here’s how Genomepatri can assist you in preventing, managing, or delaying the onset of hypertension:

Uncover Your Genetic and Other Risks

A simple saliva swab can reveal your genetic predisposition towards hypertension. Our genetic counselors can provide a more accurate estimate of your hypertension risk by correlating your health history with your genetic test results and devising prevention plans accordingly.

Tackle Associated Risk Factors

Obesity and lipid levels are known to increase the risk of hypertension. Understand your risk for these factors and follow the action plan provided by our genetic counselors to manage these risks effectively.

Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle

Your lifestyle plays a significant role in preventing and managing hypertension. Whether it’s your dietary habits, suitable physical activities, or risk for alcohol or nicotine dependence – get to know them all and use this knowledge to transition to a healthier lifestyle.

Combat Stress

Mental stress is directly linked to high blood pressure levels and, eventually, hypertension. With Genomepatri, discover your resilience – are you a worrier or a warrior? Use this insight to manage mental stress effectively.

Understand Your Medication Response

Genomepatri can provide insights into your response to several medications such as statins and blood thinners. This information can be used by your doctor to optimize your treatment.

Wrapping Up

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” - Jim Rohn

This World Hypertension Day, let’s make a commitment to take charge of our health. Be aware of your numbers, adopt a healthier lifestyle, and seek medical advice if you have concerns about your blood pressure or overall cardiovascular health. Remember, it’s always better to prevent than to cure.

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