Blood Pressure; Women race ahead in treatment compliance

The Lancet Study evaluated Blood Pressure measurements from more than 10 crore people taken over three decades in 184 countries.

Every third Indian is Hypertensive (HTN) but contrary to the regular belief that men take treatment than the women is the wrong notion as far as HTN is considered. Surprisingly, as far as HTN is considered more women folk take treatment for their high blood pressure compared to men, highlights a study published in The Lancet.

The study cited that 32% of men & 30% of women suffer from HTN but when it comes to treatment compliance 35% of women get regular treatment as compared to 25% of men.

In Indian scenario usually, the men get more medical attention. A difference of 10% in treatment compliance between the two genders is significant,” said Avula Laxmaiah, one of the co-authors of the study and a scientist at the National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad.

From public health point of view, it is a welcome change and it is the reflection of women are stepping out and opting for the treatment to avoid long term complications like heart disease, stroke, renal disease etc.


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