5-Mar-15 1:00 PM  CST

Global Standardized Treatment for Hypertension has the Potential to Save Thousands of Lives

Hypertension or high blood pressure is one of the leading causes of heart attack and stroke in the United States and indeed, worldwide.  A article recently released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that a new global treatment for hypertension has the potential to save 10 million people from heart attacks and strokes over the next 10 years.

Hypertension affects more than 250 million people worldwide and in most countries the control rate of hypertension is unacceptable. 9.4 million people globally die each year from heart attack and stroke associated with high blood pressure. What many may not realize is that hypertension is one of the easiest chronic disease states to control. Given a treatment that includes proper diet and exercise as well as an appropriate dose of an antihypertensive medication, high blood pressure can become fully controllable for many. According to the CDC only 13% of the nearly 1 billion people worldwide who have been diagnosed with hypertension have the disease state under control.

The Global Standardized Hypertension Treatment Project is a collaborative effort from the CDC, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and other global partners to implement a standardized treatment plan globally to treat hypertension. Much like the Global treatment plans used to combat Tuberculosis and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) the global imitative seeks to significantly decrease the number of uncontrolled hypertension cases that lead to stroke and heart attack globally each year.

One of the central reasons hypertension treatment is often times unsuccessful is due to the complexity of the treatment. A globalized standard for the treatment for hypertension would allow for an easier treatment process and greater patient compliance, all factors, which will lead to decreased numbers of stroke and heart attack worldwide.

 

 

Resources:

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (2015), “Global Hypertension Treatment will Save Millions of Lives”, http://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/ncd/hypertension-treatment.htm, retrieved, 28.February, 2015

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (2015), “The Global Standardized Treatment Project”, http://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/ncd/hypertension-treatment.htm, retrieved, 28. February 2015


For additional information on this article, please contact:
 
Kelley Simmons
 
Source: Sandy Andrews, CPhT, BLS  

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