9 October 2013

You Know Cambodia's Economy is Quickly Developing When...(3)

Cambodia's health system is ill-equipped to deal with the
increase of high blood pressure among its citizens
You know Cambodia's economy is quickly developing when high blood pressure becomes a serious problem in the kingdom.

As income rises for many Cambodians so to does the access to more protein and alcohol and with that comes hypertension; although just 11 percent of Cambodians have high blood pressure, compared to 31 per cent of Americans, the conditions has jumped over the last two decades from the fifth most preventable risk factor for death to the second.

Worrying, many Cambodian doctors don't take the blood pressure of their patients and therefore approximately 85% of Cambodians with hypertension are unaware of their affliction.

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