Cardiologist says stress management crucial to tackling HBP

Dr Okechukwu Anthony, a cardiologist, has said that stress critical to preventing and treating High Blood Pressure (HBP).

Anthony told News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) on Friday in that inadequate or poor-quality sleep could negatively affect people’s mood, their mental alertness, energy level and their physical health.

He noted that most Nigerians suffering from HBP hardly create time to relax or learn relaxation techniques.

“Meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery and deep breathing exercises are powerful relaxation techniques and stress-busters,” he explained.

According to him, most Nigerians do not strengthen their social network by connecting with other people, joining an organisation or participating in any support group.

more people juggle work and demands, lower their stress level.

“People need to try to resolve their stressful situations if they can. Do not let stressful situations fester. problem-solving sessions and use negotiation skills at home and at work.

“People need to nurture themselves; they need to treat themselves to a massage and truly savour experiences.

“People should eat slowly and really focus on taste and sensation of each bite.

“Let them take a walk or a nap, or better still, listen to their favorite music,” he advised.

Anthony regretted that most Nigerians, of pride and fear of what others will think of them, hardly ask for help.

“Do not be afraid to ask for help from friends, neighbours and congregation or Church members.

“So many clerics do not ask for help when they are sick of fear of what people will think or say. Very often, this leads to their death.

“If stress and anxiety persist, talk to a doctor.

“Live a healthy lifestyle, maintain a healthy weight, don’t smoke, have regular exercise and a diet that includes fruits, vegetables, grains, lean protein and healthful fats.

“With all these precautions, HBP can be a thing of the past,” he explained.(NAN)