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Hypertension Takes Huge Toll in Developing Countries
Date:5/1/2008

essure-related deaths: 2.5 million stroke deaths; 2.68 million heart disease deaths; 598,000 hypertensive disease deaths; and 445,000 deaths due to other cardiovascular diseases.

"Most of the disease burden caused by high blood pressure is borne by low-income and middle-income countries, by people in middle age, and by people with lesser degrees of high blood pressure. Prevention and treatment strategies restricted to rich countries or individuals with hypertension will miss much blood pressure-related disease," wrote the University of Auckland researchers.

The study is published in this week's issue of The Lancet.

"Middle-income countries and low-income regions have a five times greater burden of disease than high-income regions, with access to less than 10 percent of the global treatment resource... This travesty cannot continue to be ignored by those most able to bring about change," Stephen MacMahon, of the George Institute for International Health at the University of Sydney in Australia, and his international colleagues, wrote in an accompanying editorial.

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The American Heart Association has more about high blood pressure.



-- Robert Preidt



The Lancet, news release, May 2, 2008


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