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Hypertension is Up Worldwide

By KJ Mullins     May 15, 2007 in Health
With over a billion people suffering world wide from hypertension it's time to fight back the silent killer. High blood pressure will kill millions from the pressures it puts on the heart yet it gets very little attention.
International heart specialists back getting governments to band together in the fight against high blood pressure. And it's not just people's hearts that they are fighting for. High blood pressure can cause strokes, kidney failure, blindness and even dementia.
"Even in the U.S., the majority of people with high blood pressure are not treated adequately," says Dr. Sidney Smith of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who advises the World Heart Federation. "Look at China, look at Africa, go around the world. It is a major risk factor."
The medicine to treat the problem is among the cheapest out there. Only 21 cents a day can keep the disease under control.
Part of the problem is the stigma that goes along with the condition. In some areas having high blood pressure is considered "unmanly". Breaking through that would save millions of lives.
With the aging and fattening of the world's population the standard pressure reading of 120/80 is becoming more uncommon. High blood pressure is diagnosed at 140/90.
Even third world countries need to back the plan to reduce this silent killer. By catching it early heart disease is often thwarted. And that not only saves lives. It saves money.
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