Hypertension

A survey performed island-wide in 2016 conducted by the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) proved that 39% of the chronic illness reported was high blood pressure, thus, demonstrating that high blood pressure was the main chronic illness suffered by the surveyed public. The survey further provided evidenced regarding the prevalence of the chronic illness and the effect gender, climatic effect, economic and social infrastructure has on it. According to a recent survey carried out, the prevalence of high blood pressure is relatively high in females (19.3%) compared to males (18.8%). Living conditions and cultural habits might differ and influence the prevalence of it. Furthermore, only 22% of diagnosed hypertensive patients in Sri Lanka are adequately controlled.

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