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'Ceramah' Detecting hypertension, the silent killer, at home

  • Audrie Safira Maulana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 16 2019   /  02:30 am
Self-checking: A patient measures his blood pressure using a monitoring gadget. (Courtesy of Youtube)

Self-checking: A patient measures his blood pressure using a monitoring gadget. (Courtesy of Youtube)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 her 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...