Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure (BP), is a condition where the blood is pumped around the body at too high a pressure. The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines recommend reductions of BP below 140/90 mmHg for all patients, with further reductions for young fit patients to 120-130/80 mmHg if possible and if tolerated. Some patients, particularly the elderly, are unlikely to be able to tolerate the side effects of overtly aggressive BP lowering therapy, hence it is important to tailor treatment to suit the individual.
In Singapore, hypertension is a common problem. About 1 in 4 Singaporeans aged 30 to 69 years old has hypertension. As one ages, he/she is more likely to develop hypertension. In the 60 to 69 years old age group, about 1 in 2 Singaporeans has hypertension.
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