Hypertension and Lifestyle: From Smoking to Exercise, How Your Habits Affect Your Heart

A Wake-Up Call

Suresh, a 55-year-old marketing executive and a smoker for over 30 years was rushed to Sundaram Medical Foundation after experiencing severe headaches and dizziness. Diagnosed with hypertension, he was stunned; he had always shrugged off health warnings. This diagnosis was a wake-up call that led him on a journey from recklessness to rehabilitation.

The Diagnosis and Initial Management

At the hospital, Suresh’s blood pressure was alarmingly high, indicating uncontrolled hypertension. His treatment began with medication, including:
  1. ACE Inhibitors (e.g., Lisinopril): To relax blood vessels.
  2. Beta-Blockers (e.g., Atenolol): To reduce heart strain.
  3. Diuretics: To eliminate excess sodium and water.
These drugs, combined with immediate lifestyle changes, were critical in stabilizing his condition.

Lifestyle Overhaul

After stabilization, Suresh’s focus shifted to long-term management, which involved significant lifestyle changes:
1. Quitting Smoking:He enrolled in a smoking cessation program with our pulmonologist, which is vital for reducing heart disease risk.
2. Dietary Changes:A diet low in salt, saturated fats, and cholesterol and rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains was adopted.
3. Regular Exercise:Under guidance, Suresh started a regimen of cardiovascular exercises like brisk walking and cycling.

Rehabilitation at Sundaram Medical Foundation

Suresh’s rehabilitation was overseen by the experts at Sundaram Medical Foundation. It included:
  1. Regular Monitoring: Frequent blood pressure and health check-ups.
  2. Counseling and Education: Sessions to understand his condition and the importance of adherence to lifestyle changes.
  3. Exercise Therapy: Exercises tailored to his condition and fitness level.

The Road to Recovery

Over months, Suresh’s commitment to his new lifestyle paid off. His blood pressure normalized, and his overall health improved significantly. This journey wasn’t just about managing hypertension; it was a transformative experience that reshaped his entire approach to health and well-being.


Suresh’s story vividly illustrates how lifestyle choices directly impact heart health. Hypertension, often called the ‘silent killer,’ can be effectively managed and even prevented by making healthy lifestyle choices. Sundaram Medical Foundation’s comprehensive approach to hypertension management shows that with the right support and commitment, a healthy heart is within everyone’s reach.