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Prevalence of resistant hypertension and strategies for tackling the crisis

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Uncontrolled hypertension is a leading risk factor for morbidity and death related to cardiovascular disease.

Hypertension is now so prevalent that it has been declared a global public health crisis by the World Health Organization.

Resistant hypertension is blood pressure of 140/90mmHg or above despite treatment with optimal doses of three different antihypertensive drugs, one of which should be a diuretic.

Those with resistant hypertension have double the risk of cardiovascular events.

This retrospective cohort study examined health records of more than 11 million people across the UK.

The researchers found that the number of cases has declined in recent years but that resistant hypertension is still common in the UK, especially in those aged 80


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