New Efforts to Curb High Blood Pressure in Asia


The reality of treating high blood pressure in the world's most populated continent is trickier these days, experts say. After guidelines recently lowered the threshold for high blood pressure, about half of adults living in Asia now have the chronic condition.

That's why a group of Asian doctors has come together to study the effects of high blood pressure and implement culturally specific education programs that can increase awareness of hypertension and its relationship to cardiovascular disease throughout Asia. It's called the HOPE Asia Network, short for Hypertension Cardiovascular Outcome and Prevalence Evidence in Asia.

Researchers are studying ways to improve the management of hypertension in Asia, where the link between high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease is stronger than it is in Western countries, according to a commentary published last month in Hypertension.

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