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WHO Hypertension Report Reveals Potential to Save 4.6 Million Lives in India

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a groundbreaking report highlighting the severe impact of high blood pressure, often referred to as the silent killer. This inaugural report sheds light on the fact that nearly four out of five individuals with hypertension worldwide are not receiving adequate treatment. It also underscores that by 2050, a staggering 76 million deaths could be prevented if countries can enhance their coverage of hypertension treatment. With regards to India, the report highlights that approximately 40 million deaths can be averted by 2040 if nearly half of the individuals aged 30-79 with hypertension can effectively manage their blood pressure.

The report, titled ‘Global Report on Hypertension: The Race Against a Silent Killer,’ was unveiled during the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. It emphasizes that 188.3 million people within the same age group in India are currently affected by hypertension. Regrettably, only 37 percent of these individuals receive timely diagnosis, and merely 30 percent of them receive treatment.

To achieve a 50 percent control rate, the report suggests that an additional 67 million people with hypertension in India need to receive effective treatment.

The WHO report relies on data analysis, where hypertension is defined as having a blood pressure reading of 140/90 mmHg or higher, or when a person is undergoing medication for the condition.

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