A major component of health screening involves cancer screening.
At least 1 in 4 Singaporeans aged 30-69 and more than half of Singaporeans aged 60-70 suffer from this disease.
If left untreated, or without proper management, hypertension can gradually cause significant damage to your body. Coupled with the fact that hypertension rarely shows any symptoms, your heart could be at risk of serious damage long before you even realize it.
How is high blood pressure diagnosed?
Besides measuring your blood pressure, your doctor will conduct a detailed medical history and physical examination to assess for any symptoms or complications of organ damage.
Depending on the suspected secondary causes, your doctor may carry out more tests to screen for risk factors such as high cholesterol and diabetes. You can also use a home blood pressure monitor.
According to the Heart Foundation of Singapore, you should check your blood pressure regularly as soon as you hit 18. The frequency should increase to at least once a week if you are;
- 40 and above
- Diagnosed with hypertension, kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, or cerebrovascular disease