According to the World Health Organization (WHO), hypertension accounts for one out of eight mortalities worldwide. Hypertension prevalence has risen over the last decades around the world. The latest estimates showed that nearly one-third of the adult world population is having hypertension (31.1%, 1.39 billion).1,2,3
Hypertension or High Blood Pressure is a condition that occurs when your blood pressure increases to unhealthy levels. If blood pressure is permanently too high or not treated accordingly, it can lead to severe health complications and increase your risk of several serious, potentially life-threatening conditions such as heart failure, chronic kidney disease, coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease, stroke, vascular dementia. Hypertension has no signs or symptoms, and therefore frequently goes undiagnosed.4
In fact, an estimated 46% of adults with hypertension are unaware that they have the condition. While approximately 1 in 5 adults (21%) with hypertension have it under control.5
On average, in the Arab region, 1 in 4 adults has raised blood pressure.6
If blood pressure is permanently too high or not treated accordingly, it can lead to serious problems such as a heart attack or a stroke.
The good news: it’s not an inevitable fate! Hypertension is a slow process that is often missed until the onset of a serious illness. The reason is simple: there are no noticeable clear symptoms of increased blood pressure. This is why it's important to measure your values regularly – if possible daily – at home with a precise high-quality blood pressure monitor.
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1. Mamdouh, H., Alnakhi, W.K., Hussain, H.Y. et al. “Prevalence and associated risk factors of hypertension and pre-hypertension among the adult population: findings from the Dubai Household Survey, 2019.” BMC Cardiovasc Disord 22, 18 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12872-022-02457-4
2. WHO World Health Organization,. Fact sheets: hypertension [Internet]. Who.int. 2021.Accessed: 2021-05-10, who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/hypertension
3. Kim SJ, Lee J, Jee SH, Nam CM, Chun K, Park IS, Lee SY. Cardiovascular risk factors for incident hypertension in the prehypertensive population. Epidemiol Health. 2010 May 1;32:e2010003. doi: 10.4178/epih/e2010003. PMID: 21191456; PMCID: PMC2984864.
4. World Heart Federation, “Hypertension & Nutrition”, Accessed: 2022-08-22, world-heart-federation.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/WHF-Hypertension-Nutrition-infographic-FINAL.pdf
5. WHO World Health Organization,. Fact sheets: hypertension [Internet]. Who.int. 2021, Accessed: 2022-08-22, who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/hypertension
6. WHO World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, “Health and well-being profile of the Eastern Mediterranean Region: An Overview of the health situation in the Region and its countries in 2019”, Accessed: 2022-08-22, https://applications.emro.who.int/docs/9789290223399-eng.pdf ,p75