High blood pressure or hypertension represents a major burden in many parts of the world.
Even with a high prevalence rate, unfortunately, in the Philippines, less than half of those afflicted with the disease are aware that they have it.
The disease is also the leading preventable cause of premature deaths worldwide, afflicting an estimated 1.13 billion people in 2015, and contributing to 7.5 million deaths each year.
Hypertension is also the leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease, with 51 percent of the stroke cases and 45 percent of ischemic heart disease (IHD) cases attributed to it.
In the Philippines, a study shows that deaths and burden of disease attributable to hypertension significantly grew over the last three decades — hypertension death rate increased from 11 percent in 1990 to 21 percent in 2017, while hypertension-related disabilities rose from 4 percent to 11 percent.
Hypertension prevalence among Filipino adults is projected to remain stagnant using long-term historical trend (1993 to 2015). With the consistent prevalence rate, projected number of Filipino adults with hypertension is expected to grow almost double in the year 2050.
With the goal of raising awareness on the seriousness of the disease, Menarini Asia Pacific, part of the world’s largest Italian biopharmaceutical company Menarini Group and the leading provider of important healthcare brands that help improve the lives of people in the region, organized a media forum titled “Heart All Right?:
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Author: The Manila Times