Global warning to tackle the silent killer before it's too late

2023-09-20 13:00:00, Sociale CNA

Global warning to tackle the silent killer before it's too late

High blood pressure could cause 76 million "avoidable" deaths between now and 2050, a report has warned.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has found that about four to five people with hypertension are inadequately treated. But if countries stepped up effective management of the condition, it could prevent 120 million strokes, 79 million heart attacks and 17 million cases of heart failure over the next 27 years, The Mirror reports.

About one in three adults are affected by high blood pressure globally and the number of people living with the condition has doubled. Nearly half remain undiagnosed.

The United Nations agency is now calling on countries to prioritize the prevention, early detection and treatment of hypertension as part of their national health care package, providing it at a primary care level. He estimates that the economic benefits will exceed the costs by about 18 to 1.

WHO Director-General said: " Hypertension can be effectively controlled with simple, low-cost medication regimens, and yet only one in five people with hypertension have it under control. Hypertension control programs remain neglected , sub-priority and with large funding.

"Strengthening hypertension control must be part of every country's journey towards universal health coverage, based on well-functioning, equitable and resilient health systems built on a foundation of primary health care."

Symptoms of high blood pressure

It is very common for people with high blood pressure not to experience any noticeable symptoms for some time and it is important to have regular blood pressure checks, according to the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

But in the rare cases that symptoms do appear, here are some signs to watch out for:

Blurred vision Nosebleeds Shortness
of breath Chest pain Dizziness Headache/ CNA

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