One in five people in China suffers from high blood pressure or hypertension, Xinhua News Agency reported on December 27.
An estimated 300 million Chinese live with high blood pressure, and their total treatment costs are 31.89 billion yuan (about $ 4.88 billion), said Hu Shengshou, head of the National Center for Cardiovascular Diseases of the People's Republic of China.
“Chronic disease has become a key cause of death and disability in China,” he said during a national conference on the prevention and control of hypertension.
According to the World Health Organization, hypertension can cause serious heart damage, including heart attacks, heart failure, irregular heartbeats, kidney damage, ruptured or blocked arteries, and can also lead to stroke.
A recent report on chronic disease and nutrition in China showed that the prevalence of hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol among Chinese people aged 18 and over rose to 27.5%, 11.9% and 8.2%, respectively.