Hypertension on the Rise

Stroke and other noncommunicable diseases are on the rise in Africa, requiring lifelong maintenance and pricey drugs many struggle to access.

Africa sees some of the world’s highest rates of hemorrhagic stroke, deadlier than ischemic strokes common in the US. To be published next month in the Lancet, new research in Ghana and Nigeria found hypertension to blame for more than 90% of hemorrhagic strokes. Hypertension cases are projected to jump 150 million by 2025, from 80 million in 2000.

Africa is seeing more hypertension, cancer, and heart and respiratory disease as blood pressure rates climb along with the prevalence of tobacco and processed foods.

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