People with high blood pressure may not experience outright symptoms, but over time the pressure could damage the heart, blood vessels, kidneys and other organ systems. About one in three adults has high blood pressure, but as the new research suggests, many may not know it. Researchers analyzed data on about 142,000 people aged 35 to 70 from 628 communities spanning high and low-income counties. People were determined to have high blood pressure if they had at least two blood pressure measurements of 140/90 mm HG — a blood pressure reading should be around 120/80 mmHg — or if they reported getting treated for high blood pressure. About 41 percent of the participants had blood pressure — about 58,000 individuals. But, only 46 percent of them were aware of the diagnosis.
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High blood pressure takes increasing toll in Cambodia, developing world
Known as the silent killer, because the symptoms often go unnoticed until it is too late, high blood pressure or hypertension is the single biggest cause of death worldwide. Around 16 million British adults have the condition, although a third of these remain undiagnosed, with six million regularly taking tablets to control it. Lead researcher Dr Sandosh Padmanabhan from the University of Glasgow said: Blood pressure is inherently variable and will fluctuate due to a complex interaction of various factors. Factors such as stress, seasonal effects and people not taking medication regularly can cause increased blood pressure fluctuations, said Dr Sandosh Padmanabhan at Glasgow University Factors such as stress, seasonal effects and people not taking medication regularly can cause increased fluctuations. Although people cannot always control the changes in their blood pressure, they can make sure they take their tablets regularly. Those that do not could be further increasing their risk of heart attack or stroke by more than 40 per cent. And in instances where people have side effects from blood pressure tablets, it would be better to take a lower more tolerable dose than taking the medication on and off. The current treatment of hypertension revolves around regular checks and adjusting treatment to get the blood pressure down to safe levels.
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Forgetting daily blood pressure tablets dramatically increases the risk of stroke, heart attack and death
I dont know what sort of medicine to take. Nobody told me. Still, he is a step ahead of most Cambodians. Between 80 and 90 percent of Cambodians who have hypertension don’t even know it. Perhaps the biggest reason Cambodians with high blood pressure go undiagnosed is their disease is usually silent no symptoms, no pain, nothing to send them for medical help. Few here see doctors regularly, if at all.
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