Heart Week focuses on hypertension

In Australia, 2.7 million people with hypertension take no medication placing them at risk of cardio­ vascular events, according to a Heart Foundation analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics’ data. The analysis was released to coincide with Heart Week (30 April – 6 May), which is focusing on detecting and managing patients with high blood pressure.

Almost 6 million people in Australia have a blood pressure > 140/90 mmHg or take an antihypertensive medication; this is about one­-third of the adult population. Although more than half of people with hypertension are taking a medication for it, 1.4 million of these still have uncontrolled high blood pressure. 

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