Hypertension in the developing world: A consequence of progress
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Hypertension is one of the leading causes of death and disability in developing countries. The increasing burden of hypertension in these countries has been attributed to several indicators of economic progress such as increased life expectancy, urbanization and its attendant lifestyle changes, and the overall epidemiologic transition these countries are experiencing currently. The public health response to this challenge must be to promote health among all sections of the populations of these countries, and a concerted effort to promote awareness about hypertension, its risk factors, and risk behaviors. The health policies of these countries need to be reoriented to include chronic diseases in their ambit. These efforts have the potential to reduce the emergence or lessen the toll of hypertension and its complication in many parts of the developing world.
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