More Deaths Feared From Inadequate Hypertension Treatment

By: Janet Martin

Every year, at least 2 million people are diagnosed with high blood pressure or hypertension. But the majority of these cases don't receive adequate life-saving treatment.

This was revealed by doctors from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Health Statistics who said that hypertension remains poorly controlled despite the availability of many antihypertensive medicines in the market today.

In the United States, for instance, about 50 million people have hypertension that resulted in 10.4 million visits to office-based physicians and 1.2 million hospital outpatient department visits according to the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. Ironically, only about 25 percent of patients have their disease under control.

The figures are far more depressing in other countries. In Canada, only 13 percent of hypertensive patients are being treated while the rate in England is even lower at 9 percent. In Singapore, about 70 percent of all known hypertensives have poor blood pressure control.

Compounding the problem is the fact that 30 percent of patients don't know they have hypertension. Since hypertension usually has no symptoms, the consequences of untreated or inadequately treated hypertension can be devastating. Prolonged hypertension often leads to stroke, heart disease, kidney damage or blindness.

"High blood pressure typically develops without signs or symptoms. And it affects nearly everyone eventually. If you don't have high blood pressure by age 55, you have a 90 percent chance of developing it at some point in your life, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Fortunately, high blood pressure can be easily detected. And once you know you have high blood pressure, you can work with your doctor to control it, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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