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High blood pressure a concern worldwide, leading to death, stroke, heart attack: How to stop a ‘silent killer’

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just published its first report on the global impact of hypertension and how people can win the race against this “silent killer” that often presents without symptoms. 

“This important report from WHO shows how high blood pressure is common and growing in prevalence, but is under-detected and under-treated globally,” Dr. Deepak L. Bhatt, director of Mount Sinai Heart at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York City, told Fox News Digital. 

“This is despite the existence of known lifestyle measures (such as dietary salt reduction and weight loss) and generic medicines that are effective in controlling blood pressure in the majority of patients if implemented appropriately — which is what health care systems around the world need to do now,” he added in an email.

More than 1,000 people die from strokes and heart attacks every hour — yet most of these deaths are preventable by controlling blood pressure, according to Dr. Tom Frieden, president and CEO of the organization Resolve to Save Lives.

Melissa Rudy of Fox News Digital contributed reporting. 

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