May 18, 2017

45% of Nigerians hypertensive —Cardiologist

By Sola Ogundipe

LAGOS—Associate Cardiology Professor at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi Araba, Lagos,  Dr Amam Mbakwem, has expressed worry over the growing incidence of hypertensive disorders in Nigeria, saying that currently, between 30-45 per cent of Nigerians are hypertensive.

Speaking, in Lagos at this year’s World Hypertension Day conference, entitled “Know Your numbers,” Mbakwem, who is also President, Nigerian Cardiac Society, said High Blood Pressure waas the most powerful risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. Lamenting the situation, she said awareness and control of hypertension was still poor.

“What this means is that in every 10 Nigerian adults, there is a possibility that five of them have high blood pressure.”

Mbakwem observed that only one third of the population was aware of their hypertensive status, while one third of those that are aware are on any one form of treatment or aware that their condition can be controlled.

“Empirical evidence confirms that hypertension is an important public health challenge worldwide that is growing.”

Urging Nigerians to imbibe the habit of regular blood pressure monitoring towards reducing the risk of high blood pressure and other related diseases, Mbakwem said lowering blood pressure reduces cardiovascular disease risk.