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Hypertension: 76 million deaths could be averted by 2050 if treatment coverage improves, says WHO

BMJ 2023; 382 doi: (Published 20 September 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;382:p2154
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Around four in five people with hypertension are not adequately treated, the World Health Organization has warned in its first report on the “devastating” global impact of high blood pressure.1

However, it said that countries could still “win the race against this silent killer” and could avert 76 million deaths by 2050 if they “scale up” treatment coverage so that even just half of the people with hypertension have it under control.

This could also prevent 120 million strokes, 79 million heart attacks, and 17 million cases of heart failure, WHO estimated.

“Hypertension control programmes remain neglected, …

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