High BP in youngsters

High blood pressure in youngsters in mid-twenties leads to kidney transplants, says doctor from leading hospital


 : When Supriya came to Columbia Asia Hospital Gurgaon, she knew what she was seeking from the doctor. She was aware that she would be advised a kidney transplant by the Urologist. Her personal life was full of strife as she had just got married and she was facing a critical medical condition in her life. The team that took up her case to treat her condition was led by Dr. Sumit Sharma, Consultant Urology, and Chief Renal Transplant Surgeon Columbia Asia Hospital, Gurgaon.


Supriya, 25 years old, is a young woman who was looking forward to a beautiful innings with her spouse. Her hopes were interrupted when she started having symptoms which no one could explain. She was losing appetite consistently day after day, she was losing sleep and having disturbed nights, and she was detecting a swelling in her feet and hands which had no precedence. Her first visit to the doctor concluded with a series of tests prescribed after the doctor identified that she had high blood pressure. When her tests revealed increased creatinine levels and here kidney function tests were not encouraging, she knew she was in trouble.


Dr. Sumit Sharma, Consultant Urology, and Chief Renal Transplant Surgeon Columbia Asia Hospital, Gurgaon says, “It is no longer shocking for surgeons conducting kidney transplants to have such young patients coming for surgical interventions due to kidney failure. The increase in the numbers in younger age groups for transplants is shocking for the masses. We are seeing increase in kidney failures younger and younger people day after day. There are lifestyle disorders that have led to this condition. But there are other factors also. The age for kidney failures has been coming down in the last decade. India is seeing a spike in patients suffering from chronic kidney diseases. This patient is one such case from the younger age group.”


Every year hundreds of patients suffering kidney, liver, heart and other organ ailments die in the country. The demand and supply gap continues to plague the nation, adding to the burden it poses on national health.  Well educated people and youngsters have come forward to contribute to the cause pf organ donation. However, due to lack of medical infrastructure, assistance and alertness people, willing to donate their organs after death are unable to do the deed. Despite cadaveric organ donations witnessing a near fourfold increase in the last five years, the demand-supply disparity in the country remains grave. Over 2.5 lakh deaths in India are attributed to organ failure annually, while cadaver donations are still very few in comparison. India's organ donation rate in 2016 stood at an abysmal 0.8 persons per million population.


“In a worrying fallout of the rising diabetes and hypertension cases in urban India, a study across 12 cities found 17 out of every 100 people suffering from kidney disease. Of this, 6% had stage III kidney disease which necessitates medical attention and, in some cases, costly treatment like dialysis or transplant. In case of Chronic Kidney Disease, the highest prevalence of CKD was observed in Vishakhapatnam (46.8%) followed by Kanpur (41.7%) and Delhi (41%) added Dr. Sumit Sharma, Consultant Urology, and Chief Renal Transplant Surgeon Columbia Asia Hospital, Gurgaon.


About Columbia Asia Hospitals Pvt. Ltd.

Columbia Asia Hospitals Pvt. Ltd. is the only company in India to utilize 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) route in the hospital sector.


About Columbia Asia Group of Companies

The Columbia Asia Group is owned by more than 150 private equity companies, fund management organizations and individual investors. The group currently operates eleven facilities in India and has presence in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Kolkata, Mysore, Patiala and Pune. The company also operates hospitals in Malaysia (12), Vietnam (3), and Indonesia (3). The Indian management operations are managed from its office in Bangalore.


Aug 21, 2017
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