HealthDay News – According to a study published online on August 24 in The Lancet, the number of people with high blood pressure doubled from 1990 to 2019 despite stable age-standardized prevalence.
Bin Zhou, Ph.D., of Imperial College London, and colleagues examined the prevalence of hypertension and progress in its detection, treatment, and control from 1990 to 2019 for 200 countries and territories using data for people aged 30 to 79 years.
The researchers found that the number of people aged 30 to 79 with high blood pressure doubled from 331 and 317 million women and men to 626 and 652 million women and men between 1990 and 2019, despite a stable global age-standardized prevalence Has. Globally, 59 percent and 49 percent of women and men with high blood pressure, respectively, reported an earlier diagnosis; 47 and 38 percent, respectively, were treated. In those with hypertension, control rates were 23 and 18 percent, respectively, in women and men in 2019, with the highest treatment and control rates in South Korea, Canada, and Iceland, followed by the United States, Costa Roca, Germany, Portugal, and Taiwan. Since 1990 there have been improvements in treatment and control rates in most countries, but there has been little change in most countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Oceania. The greatest improvements have been seen in high-income countries and some upper-middle-income countries and, more recently, in high-income countries.
“There is an urgent need for a transformation and innovative approaches to reduce the burden of high blood pressure worldwide,” writes the author in an accompanying editorial.
Several authors have disclosed financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry.
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