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High Blood Pressure Cases Doubled, Study Shows

In a study spanning almost 30 years and 184 countries, researchers found that almost one third of people between 30 and 79 have high blood pressure. These findings show that the number of people with high blood pressure has doubled over the course of the study.

The study, published in The Lancet, collated data from multiple other studies that recorded patient blood pressure. It covered a diverse pool of adults within the age range, showing that high blood pressure is a problem across economic and geographical ranges.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), high blood pressure leads to 8.5 million deaths each year. Despite readily available treatments, including diet and exercise changes as well as medication, the study showed that people were not getting preventative care.

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