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Silent killer, global public health crisis

3 April 2013 -- The Global brief on hypertension: silent killer, global public health crisis describes why, in the early 21st century, hypertension is a global public health issue. It describes how hypertension contributes to the burden of heart disease, stroke and kidney failure and premature death and disability. The document also explains how hypertension is both preventable and treatable and how governments, health workers, civil society, the private sector, families and individuals can join forces to reduce hypertension and its impact.

One in three adults has high blood pressure

2 April 2013 -- Many people do not know they have high blood pressure because it does not always cause symptoms. As a result, it contributes to more than nine million deaths every year, including about half of all deaths due to heart disease and stroke. Cut your risk of developing high blood pressure by: cutting down on salt; eating a balanced diet; avoiding harmful use of alcohol; doing regular physical activity; and avoiding tobacco use.

Reducing blood pressure in Japan

28 March 2013 -- This year World Health Day, 7 April 2013, focuses on the global problem of high blood pressure which affects more than 1 in 3 adults but remains largely hidden. This feature story from Japan illustrates how community-based noncommunicable disease programmes have contributed to a reduction in raised blood pressure and strokes.

Control your blood pressure

27 March 2013 -- This World Health Day, 7 April 2013, WHO and partners focus on the global problem of high blood pressure. Though it affects more than one in three adults worldwide, it remains largely hidden. Many people do not know they have high blood pressure because it does not always cause symptoms. As a result, it leads to more than nine million deaths every year, including about half of all deaths due to heart disease and stroke.

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fact buffet

Raised blood pressure

40%of adults aged 25 and over had raised  blood pressure in 2008.

Situation and trends

Cardiovascular diseases

17.3 millionpeople died from cardiovascular diseases in 2008.

Fact sheet on CVDs

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)

80%of NCD deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.

Fact sheet on NCDs