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Curr Opin Cardiol. 2019 Jul;34(4):342-349. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000642.

Status of hypertension in Europe.

Reuter H1,2,3, Jordan J1,4,5.

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1
University Hypertension Center Cologne.
2
Department III for Internal Medicine, Heart Center of the University of Cologne.
3
Department of Internal Medicine, Ev. Klinikum Köln-Weyertal.
4
Institute of Aerospace Medicine, German Aerospace Center (DLR).
5
Aerospace Medicine, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany.

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

Arterial hypertension is the leading preventable cause of cardiovascular disease worldwide. Effective European programs aiming to improve awareness, treatment, and control of hypertension are lacking.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Europe is heading the statistics for hypertension prevalence and cardiovascular disease. On the one hand this predominance reflects the increasing life expectancy in European population, whereas on the other hand, it can be attributed to the sedentary lifestyle and the nutritional habits of wealthy societies. Despite its economic power, Europe also ranges among the regions with the lowest rates of hypertension awareness and control worldwide.

SUMMARY:

The present study discusses the influence of medical inertia, insufficient patient education, contradictory recommendations from the European and independent national societies, the need for hypertension programs, as well as differences in health policies in Europe as potential factors that may contribute to this discrepancy.

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