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More than one billion people worldwide have hypertension,1 a number that is expected to reach 1.6 billion by 2025.2 The World Health Organization estimates that fewer than one in five have it under control.1
Drugs don’t work in patients who don’t take them.C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General
One of the most common treatments for hypertension is medication. Patients may take as many as three or more daily medications, each of which may cause a range of unpleasant side effects. This may be why nearly 50% of patients become non-adherent to anti-hypertensive medications within one year.3
New research published in the European Heart Journal shows that hypertension was associated with a two-fold increase in the risk of death for people with COVID-19.READ THE ARTICLE
Patients with prolonged periods of uncontrolled hypertension are at significantly increased risk of heart attack, stroke, heart and kidney failure, and premature mortality.1,4,5 Improvements in blood pressure translate into meaningful reductions in risk.6,7
Surgeon General VADM Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., recently announced a "call to action" on hypertension in the U.S., calling it a "silent killer" and noting that "novel interventions" are needed to reach all populations affected by hypertension.READ THE REPORT
World Health Organization. Hypertension fact sheet. 13 September 2019. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/hypertension Accessed January 24, 2020.
Kearney PM, Whelton M, Reynolds K, et al. Global burden of hypertension: analysis of worldwide data. Lancet. 2005:365:217-223.
Jung O, Gechter JL, Wunder C, et al. Resistant hypertension? Assessment of adherence by toxicological urine analysis. Hypertension. April 2013;31(4):766-774
Whelton P, Carey R, Aronow W, et. al. 2017 ACC/AHA/AAPA/ABC/ACPM/AGS/APhA/ASH/ASPC/NMA/PCNA Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines. Originally published 13 Nov 2017 https://doi.org/10.1161/HYP.0000000000000065. Hypertension 2018;71:e13–e115.
Messerli FH, Williams B, Ritz E. Essential Hypertension. Lancet. 2007 Aug 18;370(9587):591-603.
Ettehad D, Emdin CA, Kiran A, et al. Blood pressure lowering for prevention of cardiovascular disease and death: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet. 2016;387:957-67.
Lewington S, Clarke R, Qizilbash N, et al. Age-specific relevance of usual blood pressure to vascular mortality: a meta-analysis of individual data for one million adults in 61 prospective studies. Lancet. 2002 Dec 14;360(9349):1903-13