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Under Pressure: Study Finds China Plagued by Hypertension

Health workers in Nantong, Jiangsu province, teach members of the public about blood pressure and preventing hypertension on March 15. Photo: VCG
Health workers in Nantong, Jiangsu province, teach members of the public about blood pressure and preventing hypertension on March 15. Photo: VCG

A public health epidemic has quietly developed in China as over half of its adult population now either has high blood pressure or is on course to develop it — and few are aware of the problem.

Some 245 million Chinese — a quarter of the adult population — have hypertension, but only 15% use medication for the condition, compared with 55% in the United Sates, according to a recent study in the journal Circulation.

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