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Is the concept of hypertension as a disease unhelpful?

The Lancet
Published: 1 August 2019
The Lancet , Volume 394; doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(19)31964-6

Abstract: Ahead of the annual conference of the European Society of Cardiology together with the World Congress of Cardiology held in Paris, France (Aug 31–Sept 4), this issue's research section is devoted to Articles on hypertension. These Articles paint an interesting picture of the global state of, and discussions about, this important risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The NCD Risk Factor Collaboration authors show increases in awareness and control in 12 selected high-income countries over the past four decades. However, there was a disappointing plateau in the past decade and patients achieving blood pressure control has not exceeded 70% even in the best performing countries. Clearly, even in countries with well functioning health systems, uncontrolled high blood pressure remains an important risk factor for substantial morbidity and mortality.
Keywords: Hypertension / cardiovascular diseases / Blood Pressure / cardiology / health systems / functioning / NCDs / High Blood / Important Risk Factor

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