Hypertension- A Salty Topic



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Published on : May 06, 2022

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Why are we still talking about hypertension?




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Narendra Singh, MD, FRCPC, FCCS, FACC, FAHA
Director, NSC Cardiology
 Clinical Assistant Professor,
Medical College of Georgia at
Augusta University and Mercer University
Atlanta, GA

Milan Gupta, MD, FRCPC, FCCS, CPC(HC)
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Medical Director, Canadian Collaborative Research Network
Brampton, ON  


Thiazide diuretics were discovered in the 1950s and the first clinical trial of hypertension treatment took place in the 1960s. Despite the widespread availability of generic antihypertensive drugs and dissemination of practice guidelines, hypertension continues to be a major cause of global morbidity and mortality. Hypertension is on the rise around the world in the presence of an aging population that consumes more salt, has gained more weight, become more sedentary and is increasingly stressed. One in four Canadians has hypertension and 90% will develop hypertension over their lifetime. During the COVID-19 pandemic, preventive healthcare took a back seat as access to health care was limited and has resulted in a significant decrease in rates of hypertension control and an increase and its complications.


Has the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension changed?



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