Times of India reports that hypertension is rapidly rising in India however 50% of those in India with hypertension are unaware of their diagnosis; less than 1 in 7 (13%) take blood pressure medication, and less than 1 in 10 (8%) achieved any control of their condition as gleaned from a new study PLOS Medicine.
The study also revealed regional variation in how hypertension is managed in India. Awareness was lowest in rural villages and highest in urban enclaves. The study, conducted by researchers from Germany’s Heidelberg University, Harvard T H Chan School of Public. The study was based on a survey of 7,31,864 individuals aged 15 to 49 years sampled from all states and UTs in India. Interestingly, women had better control over their blood pressure than men. The analysis found that while 10.9% of hypertensive women were taking their medicine and had normal blood pressure, only 5.3% of hypertensive men did so. “India needs to urgently improve hypertension control among households with lower levels of wealth and those living in rural areas, which will likely need to include access to low-cost or free anti-hypertensive medications. A further important target group is men,” authors of the study say.