Sunday, June 4, 2023

Ignorance about arterial hypertension slows down its treatment

One of the diseases that has received the most attention in recent decades is undoubtedly arterial hypertension.

According to the Ministry of Health, more than 30 million people in Mexico suffer from high blood pressure, ie one in four people.

In addition to the fact that 46 percent of them are unaware that they have the disease, so they do not receive any medical diagnosis or treatment to maintain control of their blood pressure.

The condition is characterized by an increase in the pressure generated by the human heart to pump blood into the arteries and distribute it throughout the body.

High blood pressure can be dangerous and can lead to serious diseases like heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.

Risk of premature death

Dr. María Elena Sanudo, Medical Director of the Sanofi Mexico General Medicine Unit, said that arterial hypertension is the main isolated cause of premature death.

In addition, it is also considered to be the main cause of loss of life span without symptomatic heart disease.

The expert recalled that, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), only 21 percent of adults with high blood pressure have the problem under control, that is, only 1 in 5 people.


There is now a record of 1.2 billion people globally (aged 30 to 79) who live with the condition.

Among them, only 42 percent of patients with arterial hypertension are diagnosed and treated in the world.

Although age is not a determining factor for its development, the truth is that there are other factors like genetic predisposition and a diet rich in saturated fats that increase the chances of triggering it.

Other risk factors for hypertension are: obesity, unhealthy diet and lack of exercise, which are common in Mexico and further increase the disease burden in the population.

In addition, complications arising include cerebrovascular accidents that threaten the life of the patient, so it is advised to be alert to early symptoms such as bleeding nose, persistent headache, etc.

Dr. María Elena Sanudo explained that lack of access to preventive health care and lack of education about the disease may also contribute to the lack of awareness about high blood pressure.

“It was shown that even if patients are diagnosed, they have to be vigilant to maintain adequate treatment, either with a single therapy or a dual one,” he said.

He also said it is important that Mexicans learn about the risk factors for high blood pressure and have regular checkups with a specialist.

Medical innovation

One of the main challenges in the management of hypertension in Mexico is the lack of awareness about the disease.

Many people with the condition go undiagnosed, and of those who are diagnosed, many do not receive adequate treatment.

Ahead of World Hypertension Day, Sanofi Mexico reinforces its commitment to meet the needs of patients suffering from cardiometabolic diseases.

For this reason, Sanofi introduced its platform “Delivering Health Patients”, a free mobile application that helps patients with diseases such as hypertension to take a record of their blood pressure readings and even receive functional recommendations. Is.

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