Calculations: May 17 is World Hypertension Day

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2/3: Proportion of those with hypertension who live in developing countries (source)

$2 billion: Cost of the more than 85 million antihypertensive drug prescriptions in 2014 (source)

10%: Estimated percentage of health-care spending directly related to high blood pressure and its complications (source)

9.4 million: Number of people worldwide who die each year as a result of hypertension (source)

19%: Percentage of worldwide deaths caused by hypertension (source)

50%: Percentage of adults with hypertension who are unaware they have the condition (source)

7.5 million: Number of Canadians living with hypertension (source)

>90%: Estimated percentage of Canadians who will develop hypertension (source)

1st: Canada’s ranking in the world for reported national rates of hypertension awareness, treatment and control (source)

>$13 billion: Societal cost of hypertension in 2010 (source)

$20 billion: Projected annual societal cost of hypertension by 2020 (source)

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