According to WHO, the overall global prevalence of Hypertension in adults aged 25 and over was 40% in 2008.
If your blood pressure readings are consistently above 140/90 mmHg for number of weeks, you are diagnosed with high blood pressure.
High blood pressure (hypertension) is a 'silent killer' because most often people do not have any symptoms, and yet it can lead to serious medical conditions.
It can damage your blood vessels and delicate tissues in your body causing fatal conditions such as:
- Heart attack
- Kidney failure
The disease affects people of all ages, right from young children to old folks.