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A global brief on hypertension

Silent killer, global public health crisis

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WHO

Publication details

Number of pages: 40
Publication date: April 2013
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/DCO/WHD/2013.2

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Overview

The Global brief on hypertension, published on the occasion of World Health Day 2013, describes why, in the early 21st century, hypertension is a global public health issue. It describes how hypertension contributes to the burden of heart disease, stroke and kidney failure and premature death and disability. The document also explains how hypertension is both preventable and treatable and how governments, health workers, civil society, the private sector, families and individuals can join forces to reduce hypertension and its impact.

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