Fondation de la Société québécoise d'hypertension artérielle

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High Blood Pressure
Hypertension is one of the most common chronic health problems in the world!

Proper treatment of hypertension saves lives and hospital stays.

  • Between 2000 and 2017, improvements in hypertension in Canada helped prevent
    • 875,000 deaths
    • 4.6 million hospitalizations for heart disease and stroke

The silent killer doesn't choose his targets.

  • Both men and women can be affected by high blood pressure.
  • Even children are at risk: in fact, hypertension is being diagnosed more and more frequently in young people.

Hypertension =
risk factor #1 in young men and women as well as in older people!

Nearly 1 in 5 people of all ages are hypertensive.

  • In 2021, 17.7% of Canadians aged 12 and over reported having been diagnosed with high blood pressure, up from 2015.

Among adults, 1 in 4 is hypertensive.

  • The proportion of adults aged 60 and over with hypertension is close to 50%, and rising.
  • The proportion of Canadian adults who don't know they have hypertension has been rising since 2015.
    Screening efforts are therefore essential!

1 in 10 pregnancies is complicated by hypertension.

  • Women who have had high blood pressure during pregnancy are more likely to develop hypertension during their lives, especially if they have been diagnosed with preeclampsia.

Between 2% and 5% of children suffer from high blood pressure, often undiagnosed.

Untreated or uncontrolled high blood pressure can cause :

  • a heart attack
  • heart failure
  • a cerebrovascular accident (CVA)
  • dementia kidney failure
  • blindness

Risk factors for hypertension include :

  • heredity
  • high salt and alcohol consumption
  • a sedentary lifestyle
  • obesity

Avec une approche innovatrice digne du 21e siècle, nous serons en mesure de prévenir et mieux traiter l’hypertension à tous les stades de la vie.
Mohsen Agharazii
Président SQHA

Identify people with high blood pressure now!

The wise man never grieves over present evils, but uses the present to prevent others.