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Non communicable diseases

Hypertension is the silent killer disease spreading across an Africa that isn’t ready

A survey in four countries: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa, looked at both rural areas and the peri-urban settings in the cities of Nairobi and Johannesburg, and showed that hypertension is a critical health problem in Africa. There are stark differences in the prevalence, awareness and control of high blood pressure on the continent. Ultimately there is a need for regionally tailored intervention

July 24, 2017
QZ Africa

SGLT2 inhibitors help reduce high blood pressure, study reports

A group of oral medications given to people with type 2 diabetes have been found to help reduce high blood pressure. A research team from China, South Africa and Iran looked at 43 random trials which had involved 22,428 people. As well as high blood pressure, they examined how SGLT2 inhibitors affected health markers including cholesterol and triglycerides. SGLT2 inhibitor therapy was shown to significantly reduce blood pressure throughout the studies

July 7, 2017

Heart healthy lifestyle tied to lower drug costs

People with heart disease spend a lot less on medications when they take steps to lower their risk of complications by doing things like getting enough exercise, avoiding cigarettes and keeping their blood pressure in check, a U.S. study suggests. For the study, researchers focused on adults diagnosed with the most common type of heart disease, atherosclerosis. When these patients did as much as they could to avoid so-called modifiable risk factors for heart disease - inactivity, obesity, smoking, high cholesterol, elevated blood pressure and diabetes - their total average annual pharmaceutical expenditures were $1,400, the study found. But patients who did little to modify these risk factors had total average annual pharmaceutical expenditures of $4,516

June 21, 2017

Lower-income U.S. adults haven't seen heart health gains

Heart health in the US has generally improved since the start of the 21st century, but not for adults living in poverty, a new study suggests. Between 1999 and 2014, high-income people had decreases in rates of high blood pressure, smoking and high risk for heart disease. The same wasn`t true for low-income people, however. The data shows that primary care and prevention is important for people with low incomes, researchers added

June 7, 2017

Sri Lanka's cabinet on Wednesday approved to increase physical activities among school children ...

Sri Lanka`s cabinet on Wednesday approved to increase physical activities among school children and to provide opportunities to consume more healthy meals to prevent obesity, co-Cabinet Spokesperson, Gayantha Karunathilleke told journalists here in a weekly media briefing that around 59 percent of deaths in Sri Lanka were caused by non-communicable diseases such as heart diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancers and majority of deceased were under the age of 60. As less physical activities are a main cause for these diseases, the proposal made by Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne to implement a program under the recommendations of the Ministry of Education for increasing physical activities among school children and to provide opportunities for school children to consume more healthy meals, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers, Karunathilleke said

June 7, 2017
Xinhua, Colombo Gazette

Pregnancy Complications Linked To Heart Disease Risk In Offspring

Children whose mothers experienced pregnancy complications were almost three times more likely to develop heart disease, complications of pregnancy, such as high blood pressure and infections, are linked to a heightened risk of early coronary heart disease in the young adult offspring, according to research published in Heart Asia. More than 600 million people live in Southeast Asia, most of whom are under the age of 65. But rates of premature deaths attributable to non-communicable diseases are high, with one in three occurring before the age of 60

June 6, 2017
Asian Scientist

Tiny blood vessel damage tied to depression among older adults

Damage to the microvascular system, often caused by high blood pressure or diabetes and made worse by smoking is tied to an increased risk of depression among people aged 40 years and older, researchers have found. Depending on how microvascular dysfunction was measured in the various studies, it increased the risk of depression by up to 58%, according to a report in JAMA Psychiatry. The theory is that blood vessel damage disrupts communication in areas of the brain important for mood control

June 1, 2017

Kenya seeks to tackle rising cases of hypertension

Kenya’s health ministry said it has developed a training module for non-communicable diseases for community health volunteers as part of its efforts to tackle rising cases of hypertension in the country. Around 20m Kenyans have never tested their blood pressure levels despite the nationwide increase of hypertension cases which are potentially leading to a social explosion in kidney disease, heart disease or strokes

May 18, 2017

High blood pressure under spotlight this World Hypertension Day

High blood pressure is one of the most common risk factors for stroke, heart attacks and kidney disease within the African population. About 25% of South African adults are hypertensive and carry increased risks. On World Hypertension Day, the South African Heart and Stroke Foundation was encouraging all South Africans to measure their blood pressure and understand their personal risks under the hashtag #

May 17, 2017
IOL, Health24

Segregated neighborhoods may influence blood pressure

African-Americans who move from segregated neighbourhoods to more racially diverse communities might experience improvements in their blood pressure, a U.S. study suggests. The authors say the findings are interesting as they point to the important role that social policy can have on health 

May 15, 2017

One in five Vietnamese adults suffer from high blood pressure

It is estimated that around 12m people in Vietnam currently suffer from high blood pressure, meaning that one in every five adults has a condition that can cause a number of serious health problems. The warning was announced at a conference on the prevention of cardiovascular disease and hypertension in Hanoi by experts from the country’s ministry of health

April 25, 2017
VN Express, Asia Pacific Daily

‘Healthy’ obese still face higher heart disease risk

Even without high blood pressure or other signs of illness, obese adults have a much higher risk of developing heart disease than normal weight peers, according to a new study from Denmark

March 23, 2017

Sudden drops in BP may increase dementia risk

New research suggests that those who experience sudden blood pressure drop in middle age may be more likely to develop dementia in old age. This new study followed 11,503 patients who had no history of heart disease across two decades and saw that those who suffered from orthostatic hypotension in middle age were 40% more likely to develop dementia than those who did not. The team now speculate that the decrease in blood flow to the brain may play a pivotal role

March 14, 2017
Pakistan Today