ICMR to analyze health records of Mahatma Gandhi
It may appear that Mahatma Gandhi, lean in physique and active in demeanor, was fit as a fiddle; but not many know he reeled under high blood pressure (BP). Gandhiji often used to fast, sometimes for periods stretching to 21 days, as a mark of rebellion in the tense political climate of the pre-independence era. At one such time, his blood pressure shot up to 180/110 mg/dL on the third day of his fast, says a note written by Sushila Nayar, former Health Minister, on March 5, 1939, in Rajkot, Gujarat.
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