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More Pinoys now 'high blood'

Cases of hypertension are increasing in the Philippines . A study by Dr. Jorge Sison, fellow and diplomate of the Philippine College of Cardiology, shows that 21 percent of Filipinos were reported to have hypertension in 2007, a significant increase from only 17 percent in 2003. Presented at a Novartis-sponsored event last April in Quezon City , the study says 80 percent of the hypertensive cases are uncontrolled, predisposing the patients to complications such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney damage. A balanced diet, regular exercise, and appropriate medication under the supervision of medical professionals are key elements in controlling hypertension and its complications. The study appears in the Philippine Journal of Cardiology.

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