One adult out of two lives and dies because of chronic disease, losing 10+ years of life.
Hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol, dyslipidemia, cancer, angina, heart failure, COPD... are the true pandemic. Their prevalence is growing.
It is the largest pandemic, affecting 1 out of 2 adults worldwide
It is the main cause of strokes and heart attacks
The direct and indirect costs are a huge burden to societies
”Thanks to medications, we can reduce the cardiovascular risks to a normal level”
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.Learn about life expectancy
Only 20% of hypertensive patients are controlled due to lack of awareness and low medication adherence.Learn about adherence
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.”
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.Learn about the economics
The new guidelines from the International Society of Hypertension recommend the use of digital support and coaching to increase adherence.Learn about digital health
Intake and refill reminders play a great part.
mHealth apps have a proven impact on BP control.
Patients should receive human support to remain engaged.
A better coordination between payers and doctors is needed.