”Thanks to medications, we can reduce the cardiovascular risks to a normal level”
Dr. Audes Feitosa
Incurable but very well treated
As of today, hypertension, cannot be cured. It is a chronic disease that one has to manage for the rest of his life. However, if detected early, it can be “controlled” (i.e. lowered to the right level) by taking your drugs everyday, by self-monitoring, and by remaining active. A “controlled” patient may have the same life expectancy as a non-hypertensive person.
Fewer than 50% of hypertensive patients are ever diagnosed.
Hypertension usually has no symptom until too late.
Patients should measure their blood pressure at home but don’t.
Fewer than 50% of patients continue their treatment after the first year.
”High blood pressure accounts for 12% of all visits to GPs and it is increasing.”
Health Security Agency
A burden for public payers and businesses
Hypertension direct costs to public and private payers amount to $60 billion per year. However productivity costs are much more worrying: absence, disabilities and loss of life years cost north of $310 billion a year to the community, rich and poor alike.