‘Nine out of 10 adults living to 80 will develop disease’

Published: May 17, 2018
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LAHORE: An estimated nine out of 10 adults, who live to the age of 80, will develop hypertension, which is responsible for 13% of all deaths, said health experts on Wednesday.

They expressed these views during a press conference held to raise awareness about the burden of the disease and the impact it has on patient’s lives. This event was held in connection with World Hypertension Day which will be observed across the globe today.

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The conference was held in collaboration between the Pakistan Cardiac Society (PCS) and a private pharmaceutical firm.

Globally, it is estimated that 40% of all adults suffer from hypertension, while in Pakistan 50% of adults are patients of the disease, they estimated.

The chances of developing hypertension increase as one ages. In younger individuals, the disease is more commonly diagnosed in males than in females. However, after the age of 60 the trend is reversed, speakers revealed.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 17th, 2018.

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