April 7, is World Health Day

Hypertension: pay attention - The Hindu

Today, April 7, is World Health Day and the theme this year is hypertension

“There’s an immense body of evidence that links salt to high blood pressure.” — Jeffrey Cutler
Data from different national and regional surveys show that hypertension is common in developing countries, particularly in urban areas, but the rates of awareness, treatment and control are low. It is possibly caused by urbanisation, an ageing population, changes in dietary habits, and social stress. High illiteracy rates, poor access to health facilities, bad dietary habits, poverty, and high costs of drugs contribute to poor blood pressure control.