Many Nigerians hypertensive but unaware – Expert

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The president of the Nigeria Hypertension Society (NHS) Professor Ayodele Omotoso says one in every three Nigerian is hypertensive.

The professor, who made the claim in a press statement issued to mark World Hypertension Day (WHD), explained that studies conducted by the NHS in 2018 indicated that hypertension was present in one-third of the population.

Mr Omotoso added that the research also showed that only half of the population was aware of being hypertensive, while only 18 per cent of all hypertensives had their blood pressure controlled.

According to him, hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is the number one cause of preventable death worldwide.

Mr Omotoso, who is also a cardiologist at the Department of Medicine, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, described hypertension as a condition in which there was sustained elevation of blood pressure.

He said that the blood pressure was usually above a threshold of 140 mmHg systolic and 90 mmHg diastolic in an adult.

“Unfortunately, hypertension only announces its presence in most people after the development of complications like stroke, heart failure, heart attack or kidney failure.

The NHS president lamented that the proportion of Nigerians with hypertension was high, while awareness, treatment, and control rates were low despite the availability of potent drugs.

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