Danger of high blood pressure amongst Vietnamese people

The Ministry of Health said approximately 12 million Vietnamese adults, or about one fifth of the country’s adults, are living with high blood pressure nationwide.

People should have medical check-up regularly and test blood pressure frequently

People should have medical check-up regularly and test blood pressure frequently

Over 60 percent of them have not detected the disease and over 80 percent of them are not properly treated while the disease is the leading cause of stroke and heart attack which lead to death, paralysis and other disabilities and daily living problems annually.


Treatment Ward of Hospital for Elderly People in Hanoi is always overloaded by patients with hypertension while inpatients stayed in all beds in the hospital. Head of the ward Dr. Tran Viet Luc said that studies showed that hypertension is popular amongst elderly people with 30 percent of people at the age of 60-65 and 40 percent of people over 65 years old.
Blood pressure typically increases with age, especially once one has passed middle age; it results from natural process of growing old as years files, blood vessels are hardening creating atherosclerosis .

However, the upward trend of patients is alarming not only in senior people but also in young Vietnamese people. Many medical clinics across the country have reported they have received many patients aged 20 suffering Cerebrovascular accident or myocardial infarction due to complication of hypertension.

Deputy Head of the World Health Organization in Vietnam Jun Nakagawa said the number of people living with high blood pressure is predicted to increase and become a burden for developing countries.

In Vietnam, the figure of people at the age of 25-64 having hypertension increased by 30 percent in 2015 compared to 2010, Jun Nakagawa added .

Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said that the disease is dubbed “the silent killer”, noting that hypertension is the leading cause of stroke and heart attack which lead to death, paralysis and other disabilities and daily living problems.

Noticeably, more people have high blood pressure in Vietnam as a consequence of unhealthy diet, exercise negligence and consumption of tobacco and alcohol, especially young people have the disease because they abuse liquors, eat too much meat and face pressure in life.

As per the Ministry of Health, the rate of male smoker is 45 percent while 77 percent of male drink alcohol and over 30 percent of adults lack exercises.

The Ministry liaised with related agencies to implement policies against tobacco, alcohol, salt reduction and increase information of nutrition value and exercise benefit to residents.

Additionally, the Ministry called for contribution to prevent the disease.  People should have healthy diet by eating more vegetables and fruits, reducing salt amount under 5 gram per day, increasing exercise in at least 30 minutes, not smoking and drinking too much alcohol. Along with this, people should have medical check-up regularly and test of hypertension to detect the disease  early.

WHO said around 1.5 billion suffer high blood pressure globally and nearly 10 million succumb to the disease annually. Accordingly, WHO chose May 17 as the World Hypertension Day aiming to raise people’s knowledge and awareness in preventing the disease.

By QUOC LAP – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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