There’s no doubt that the prevalence of high blood pressure or hypertension in India is common.
Hypertension, a situation where blood pressure, or the force at which your blood is pushing against the walls of blood vessels, is consistently high. Hypertension, when not managed, can lead to serious health issues, especially cardiovascular problems. While many people get diagnosed with hypertension, they get lost in the care process.
In a study conducted, where 731,864 individuals, aged 15-49 years were surveyed hypertension prevalence was 18.1%. Out of which 76.1% had ever got their BP measured, only 44.7% were aware of their diagnosis, only 13.3% were treated and a minimal 7.9% had achieved control over the condition. Moreover, men showed a higher prevalence of hypertension as compared to women. And, losses to care occurred during the awareness and treatment stage. With these shocking numbers coming to the forefront, it is time we pay attention to the issue, manage it, and reduce the risk of resulting problems.
Source: PLOS Medicine