Rising incidence and prevalence of hypertensionCreated by:
As I continue my medical practice through the years, I have been noticing that the incidence and prevalence of hypertension is rising. To make it clear, “incidence” is the number of new cases while “prevalence” is the total of the new and existing cases. Around 20 years ago, I observed that hypertension usually started at age 40 and above; while now, I see it among 30-40 years old. I am so alarmed with this situation that every time I see a patient, even if he is only complaining of itchiness on the upper arm or merely inquiring on what vaccinations I give, I take and record the vital signs, particularly the blood pressure and the pulse rate, and prescribe the necessary medication(s) upon knowing that the blood pressure is elevated. With this, I discovered and treated a number of patients with elevated blood pressure, preventing the occurrences of various complications and unnecessary deaths.