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Hypertension, a leading cause of cardiovascular diseases, is a major public health challenge affecting one in three adults globally and is often referred to as a “silent killer.” The World Health Organization (WHO) highlights hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, as a major public health challenge worldwide. Hypertension affects one in three adults globally and is a leading cause of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. The condition is often referred to as a “silent killer” as it often has no symptoms but can lead to serious health problems if left untreated. The main contributors to hypertension are unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, and increasing levels of obesity.

To reduce the risk of hypertension, WHO recommends a healthy diet, regular physical activity, and maintaining a healthy body weight. The organization also emphasizes the importance of early detection and management of hypertension through regular check-ups and monitoring of blood pressure levels.

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