11 Sep '11, 3pm

26% of Singaporeans have undiagnosed hypertension: MOH

26% of Singaporeans have undiagnosed hypertension: MOH

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Health said 26 per cent of Singaporeans in the 30 to 69 age group who had hypertension had not been previously diagnosed. This is according to the National Health Survey 2010 that will be published by year-end. The survey also found that 67 per cent of known hypertensives (a person with high blood pressure) had good blood pressure control. A recent pilot study by HealthSTATS International, in partnership with Hewlett-Packard (HP), SingTel and Frontier Healthcare Group), may have a solution to prevent this. The 16-week research monitored the blood pressure of 100 participants on a mobile device and found that 61 per cent of those thought to be healthy had high blood pressure readings. The study also shows how a watch device can help detect hypertension early by monitoring heart rate, recording blood pressure and pulse over a 24-hour period. The da...

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