As high blood pressure cases rise in Canada, hundreds of health experts express concern about hypertension awareness – CTV

Oct. 19, 2022

A survey conducted by the Heart and Stroke foundation found that eight in 10 health-care professionals are concerned about the rising rate of high blood pressure cases in Canada, as the foundation reports nearly eight million Canadians have been affected by the heart condition.

In collaboration with Environics Research, the survey, conducted online, asked 982 health experts, including doctors, nurses, first responders and therapists, what they are most concerned about for Canadians. Seven in 10 respondents said they are concerned many aren’t aware of what hypertension is or how to detect if they have it.

Hypertension occurs when blood pressure in the arteries rises, causing the heart to exert itself to pump blood into a person’s blood vessels. Currently, one in four Canadians are affected by high blood pressure, according to the Heart and Stroke foundation.

Toronto-based family physician, Dr. Rahul Jain says there are a myriad of reasons as to why high blood pressure is on the rise, including lack of education among Canadians, lack of accessible health care and increased challenges from the pandemic.

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