Over the past 30 years, the number of people over 30 suffering from hypertension has doubled to 1.28 billion people. This follows the results of a study conducted by Imperial College London and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The study was based on data on hypertensive patients aged 30 to 79 years from 184 countries. It is specified that at present the residents of countries with low and average incomes suffer from this disease more often. At the same time, the share of hypertensives in rich countries has decreased – so, in 2019, the least this share was in Canada, Peru and Switzerland. At the same time, more than half of all those sick in the world (700 million) are unaware of their hypertension.
The WHO warned that the disease significantly increases the risk of heart, brain and kidney disease and is one of the leading causes of death and disease in the world. Hypertension can be determined by measuring blood pressure. The disease is effectively treated with medication.
Earlier, cardiologist and candidate of medical sciences Irina Polyayeva named four organs that are most at risk due to high blood pressure. She also noted that a person may not feel high blood pressure for a long time if he or she does not monitor it.