How costly is high blood pressure (hypertension)?

Bryce B. Wylde
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
In 2010, high blood pressure cost the United States $76.6 billion in health care services, medications, and missed days of work. It costs the Canadian system $20.9 billion every year in physician services, hospital costs, lost wages and decreased productivity. More than the economic detriment, having high blood pressure is a serious personal health condition that surprisingly anyone, including children, can develop. It greatly increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death in North America and as the most common primary diagnosis. Hypertension accounts for more than 35 million physician office visits per year in this part of the world.

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