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Over 50% of People With High Blood Pressure Unaware They Have Condition




More than half of people diagnosed with hypertension do not have it under control and a number of more go undiagnosed, as per research carried out at the University of Warwick.

Professor Franco Cappuccio from Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick led the only UK team to participate in a European study examining awareness, therapy and control of high blood pressure, or hypertension. High blood pressure is an important cause of serious diseases such as heart attacks and strokes.

The IMMIDIET study, published recently in the Journal of Hypertension, examined 1,604 citizens from three geographical areas, south-west London in the UK, Limburg in Belgium and Abruzzo in Italy. All participants underwent a medical examination, including blood pressure measurement, and answered a lifestyle and health questionnaire.



Over 50% of People With High Blood Pressure Unaware They Have Condition


The scientists found 24% of participants had hypertension and 56% of these people were not aware of their condition. Of those that were aware, less than half had their hypertension under control (less than 140mmHg for systolic pressure and 80 for diastolic pressure).

Looking at the differences between regions, the scientists found the UK participants had lower blood pressure overall and better control than the Italians and Belgians.

Professor Franco Cappuccio said the study was a call for better management of high blood pressure and the implementation of widespread strategies to prevent the condition in the first place.

He said: "Our results show that hypertension is a looming problem for Europe. Eventhough in the UK the management of hypertension is better as in comparison to some other countries, in part due to the incentives that GPs receive to achieve blood pressure targets. We still have too a number of patients not adequately treated and the occurence rate of high blood pressure is rising still."


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More than half of people diagnosed with hypertension do not have it under control and a number of more go undiagnosed, as per research carried out at the University of Warwick. Professor Franco Cappuccio from Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick led the only UK team to participate in a European study examining awareness, therapy and control of high blood pressure, or hypertension. High blood pressure is an important cause of serious diseases such as heart attacks and strokes.

Medicineworld.org: Over 50% of People With High Blood Pressure Unaware They Have Condition

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