Half of hypertension patients unaware of their condition

A study of more than 153,000 people in 17 countries also shows two thirds of those diagnosed do not receive adequate treatment. 

The results are alarming, according to study leader Associate Professor Clara Chow from The George Institute for Global Health and the University of Sydney.

Professor Chow said treatments are generally inexpensive but only about one third of patients are achieving their target blood pressure.

There is a significant need for better diagnosis and treatment, according to the study published in the The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Professor Chow and her colleagues conducted their study in three high-income countries (Canada, Sweden and United Arab Emirates), 10 middle-income countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Poland, Turkey, Malaysia, South Africa, China, Colombia and Iran) and four low-income countries (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Zimbabwe).

She said that although