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One in three adults worldwide suffer from hypertension or high blood pressure, a major cause of death in rich and poorer countries alike.
The World Health Day 2013 celebrated on Sunday attempted to raise alarm about the silent global killer and a main trigger for cardiovascular disease, that too often goes undiagnosed because symptoms are rare.
According to experts, the good news is that when it is detected early enough, relatively simple steps can significantly reduce the risk of heart attacks, heart failure and strokes.
Compliance to a healthy lifestyle that encompasses cutting down on the consumption of processed salt, eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, reducing stress and avoiding tobacco use minimise the risk of developing high blood pressure. These are the same countries that can least afford to pay for treatment and care.