Hypertension may often go undiagnosed

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A new study finds many people may have high blood pressure and do not know it,

and for many of those who are already on medication to get their blood pressure under control, they’re not doing a good job of it.

McMaster University researchers in Hamilton, Canada looked at more than 140,000 people from 17 countries. They found 40 percent of people in the study had high blood pressure, but nearly half of them were unaware.

Of those who were aware of the diagnosis, nearly 88 percent were on blood pressure medication, but a minority of those receiving treatment had their blood pressure under control.

Researchers say there needs to be a renewed effort to have everyone get their blood pressure regularly checked.

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