Adverse consequences of uncontrolled hypertension in China

Mar 14, 2016 12:00 AM

A CKB report, published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that about one-third of Chinese adults have hypertension (ie, high blood pressure levels), but <5% of them had their blood pressure properly controlled, causing substantial burden of premature deaths.

CKB researchers conducted a study of 0.5 million Chinese adults from 10 diverse regions of China  and provided important new evidence about the burden of hypertension in China, the use of treatment and excess risks of stroke and heart disease deaths due to hypertension. The report demonstrated that uncontrolled  hypertension was the leading cause of death in China responsible for 750,000 deaths from stroke and heart attacks each year.

The researchers found that one-third of Chinese adults in the study population had hypertension. The prevalence of hypertension increased steeply with age, varied substantially by region and was higher among those with existing vascular disease. About one-third of those with hypertension were diagnosed; of those diagnosed, about half were treated; and, of those treated, about one-third had their hypertension controlled, resulting in <5% of hypertensives with properly controlled blood pressure. 

For the full report click here.

The  invited commentary "Reducing the Burden of Hypertension China’s Long March Ahead" is also available on the journal's website.