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Half of Egyptians suffer from high blood pressure
Published in Bikya Masr on 11 - 04 - 2010

CAIRO: A report published by the Egyptian Association for Hypertension, issued in conjunction with the celebration of World Day of high blood pressure, said that 50 percent of Egyptians suffer from hypertension “disorders.” The results led to the organization of the annual conference sponsored by Novartis to raise awareness of the seriousness of the disease.
The declaration of senior doctors in Egypt and the world to remember the International Day for Blood Pressure, during which governorates across Egypt are to provide treatment services and education free of charge for all patients through a national campaign working within the system of education and treatment at the local and international levels to serve the ordinary citizen.
The Association explained that the study revealed that 50 percent of Egyptian youth have the symptoms of the disease and that “women are more aware of high blood pressure by 51 percent, compared with 30 percent of men and that the population of Cairo is where the most people with high blood pressure live, with 31 percent, compared to 21 percent in Delta cities.”
The disease, which causes 6 percent of deaths worldwide is the main factor for cardiovascular disease and is called “high blood pressure, the silent killer” as it is serious, but often with no symptoms or signs, “to be discovered in most cases by accident or when you get serious medical complications associated with kidney and heart disease and stroke,” the association said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a world day for blood pressure with the utmost importance “to the need for awareness of its dangers, experts warned of the growing number of people infected in the world due to unhealthy lifestyles for more than one billion within 20 years, while currently being experienced a quarter of adults in the world of high blood pressure.”
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