High blood pressure from hypertension is responsible for most premature deaths worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1.28 billion adults aged 30-79 worldwide have high blood pressure and 46% of adults are unaware of the condition.
High blood pressure is a major cause of cardiovascular disease. This is when the force exerted by the blood circulation against the arterial walls of the body is too high.
According to the WHO, high blood pressure is more common in low-income and middle-income countries.
One of the most effective ways to stop the worsening of high blood pressure is to recognize the symptoms early and start treatment.
High blood pressure is not always fatal. It can be managed and brought under control. According to WHO records, less than half of adults (42%) are diagnosed and treated for high blood pressure, and 1 in 5 people (21%) have it under control.
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