A consensus meeting of leading Asian hypertension experts was held in January 2007 in Seoul, Korea, to discuss how to address the growing challenge of hypertension management in the region. This report summarises key recommendations from the group, including: raising public awareness about the impact of hypertension; improving physician education and training; increasing early detection, for example through routine blood pressure measurement; and development and adoption of pan-Asian treatment guidelines, which would greatly facilitate research into hypertension and its management. The group conclude that these challenges can only be met through a collaborative effort of government, healthcare professionals, food and healthcare industries, and patients and the public. Food and healthcare industries need to develop healthy foods and support healthy living programmes, while increasing research into antihypertensive medications in Asia. Government officials and policy makers need to be made aware of the value of investing in hypertension awareness, prevention and management programmes.
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