YANGON, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar has launched the Society of Hypertension in the former capital of Yangon aimed at enhancing awareness about high blood pressure, providing effective treatment and reducing consequences of hypertension, a team of the Myanmar Society of Hypertension (MMSH) said Tuesday.
"In Myanmar, over 30 percent of the population above the age of 18 has hypertension. That is a very high percentage," Nay Win, patron of the MMSH and chairman of Myanmar Medical Practitioners Association, said at the launching ceremony of the MMSH in Yangon.
The condition can be remedied by leading a healthy lifestyle and eating healthy food, he said.
"Hypertension therapy can be changed annually. Doctors will get the guidelines and make the public aware of the signs and symptoms of hypertension. They will also cooperate with international organizations," he added.
Hypertension is described as an increase in the level of force exerted by the blood on the walls of blood vessels with signs and symptoms of headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, nose-bleeds, heart palpitations, blurred vision, blood in urine and sudden loss of consciousness.