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18th November 2016
About 1.13 billion people worldwide are now hypertensive
About 1.13 billion people worldwide have hypertension, says a new research from the UK published in The Lancet.
Titled “Worldwide trends in blood pressure from 1975 to 2015: a pooled analysis of 1479 population-based measurement studies with 19-1 million participants”, the research says that the number of people with high BP in the world has increased by 90% during these four decades. It increased from 594 million in 1975 to 1-13 billion in 2015, with the increase largely in low-income and middle-income countries.
High BP as a risk factor now no longer predominantly affects the high-income countries. Instead, it is now most prevalent in low-income countries in south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, while being a persistent health issue in central and Eastern Europe. The mean systolic and mean diastolic BP decreased substantially from 1975 to 2015 in high-income western and Asia Pacific countries, moving these countries from having some of the highest worldwide blood pressure in 1975 to the lowest in 2015. While, central and eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, and south Asia had the highest blood pressure levels in the year 2015.
Over half of the world's adults with high blood pressure in 2015 lived in Asia. Around 226 million people in China have high blood pressure, along with 200 million in India.
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Two Medical Institutes in India Named After Cardiologist Navin C Nanda

The Institute of Echocardiography, Emergency Medicine and Paramedic Training where Dr Navin Nanda's bust was placed last year is now renamed in his honor as "Dr. Navin C. Nanda Institute
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