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Ceramah: Detecting hypertension, the silent killer, at home

Audrie Safira Maulana

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, October 14, 2019  /  03:39 pm
Ceramah: Detecting hypertension, the silent killer, at home

Raising awareness: Omron Healthcare Indonesia marketing manager Hendriko Norman (left), Omron Healthcare Indonesia managing director Yoshiaki Nishiyabu (second left), Indonesian Society of Hypertension (InaSH) supervisory board member Yuda Turana (second right) and InaSH chairman Tunggul D. Situmorang give a talk about the importance of checking one's blood pressure at home. (Bening Communication/-)

Diyah Prihastuti felt her blood pressure rise when she was seven-months pregnant, but after seeking medical consultation, she was able to deliver her child normally by reducing her salt consumption. However, her blood pressure began to rise again after she gave birth in 2015, and she was rushed to the hospital when she suddenly lost the ability to speak and move her right hand and legs. “The doctor checked my blood pressure and it reached 200 [mmHg]. I was hospitalized for a week as well since I had symptoms of a light stroke,” Diyah said. Diyah then found out she suffered from high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Dubbed “the silent killer”, there are typically no visible signs of hypertension and it can strike anyone at any time, resulting in stroke, kidney failure or heart failure. One of the main causes of hypertension is an unhealthy...