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High blood pressure leading cause of heart diseases and death in India, uncontrolled in 75% patients: Lancet report

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It is not under control in more than 75% of the patients who have high blood pressure in the country.
Due to this, the number of deaths in the country is very high.
According to a study by The Lancet, high blood pressure is responsible for the deaths of many adults.

Kochi. In India, among those who are diagnosed with high blood pressure, it is not under control in more than 75% of the patients. Due to this, the number of deaths in the country is very high. According to a study of 2016-20 data by the medical journal The Lancet, high blood pressure is responsible for the deaths of many adults in the country. This study also confirms the Central Government’s National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) of 2019-20. In which it was said that hypertension was found in 24% of men and 21% of women. Which was found only in 19% and 17% in the 2015-16 survey.

According to a Times of India news, the research by ‘Lancet Regional Health-Southeast Asia’ is based on the analysis of several studies of blood pressure control rates in India between 2001 and 2022. Researchers from Kerala were also involved in this study. Despite government efforts, awareness and better access to health facilities, the number of patients able to control high blood pressure has increased from just 6% to 23% in the last 21 years.

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It is estimated that at least one in four adults in India has high blood pressure, said Altaf Ali of the Department of Community Medicine at the Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram. Uncontrolled blood pressure is one of the biggest risk factors for cardiovascular diseases (CVD). It is the most common cause of death globally. CVDs are responsible for one-third of the total deaths in India. In other words high blood pressure kills more adults than any other cause. Ali was part of this entire study. Lancet researchers included 51 studies in their research, which included 3.4 lakh patients. Ali said that ensuring high blood pressure is treated and controlled could save millions of lives over the next decade.

Tags: Heart disease, hypertension, India, Lancet

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