According to the ENS 2016-2017, 27.6% of Chilean adults are hypertensive, which in figures reaches 3.5 million people. The biggest problem is that in the group between 35 and 75 years, almost half of these patients do not know that they have the disease, complicating the possibility of early and adequate treatment, and increasing the chances of death due to diseases associated with hypertension.
The World Health Organization summarizes in simple words its action in our body: Hypertension means excessively high blood pressure and, therefore, higher risk of suffering cardiovascular disease. In addition, it qualifies it as one of the main factors contributing to heart disease and stroke, which together represent the most important cause of premature death and disability in Chile and the world, causing almost 9.4 million deaths each year from diseases from the heart. It also increases the risk of kidney failure and blindness.
Read the full story (in Spanish) at: http://www.lavozdelnorte.cl/2018/05/15-mil-chilenos-mueren-al-ano-por-hipertension-arterial/