The new wave of Asia: a message from the president of the International Society of Hypertension
Schutte, Aletta E.
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Globally, raised blood pressure is the leading risk factor accountable for over 10.4 million deaths per year.1 The cardiovascular consequences of hypertension are devastating, which is why raised blood pressure requires aggressive confrontation. It is therefore disturbing that the number of adults with raised blood pressure increased over the past four decades from 594 million to 1.13 billion in 2015—due to population growth and aging.2 But all regions in the world were not affected equally. For instance, the high‐income Asia Pacific region indicated some of the highest global blood pressures in the 1970s, but it is also this region that showed the largest decreases in systolic blood pressure of 3.2 mm Hg per decade for women, and 2.4 mm Hg per decade for men.2 In contrast to these decreases, blood pressure seems to have increased in populations from east and southeast Asia, as well as south Asia—with south Asia presenting with the highest mean blood pressures in 2015.2
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