Hypertension is a lethal, silent and invisible disease, which rarely causes symptoms. 
Defined as systolic blood pressure ? 140 mmHg and/or diastolic blood pressure ? 90 mmHg, it is one of the main risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Nowadays, affects one billion people in the world, and recent studies estimate that hypertension is the cause of death of nine million people each year. The global prevalence in adults, aged 18 years or more, was around 22% in 2014.

In order to reduce the incidence of hypertension, interventions aimed to the whole population should be implemented to reduce risk factors, particularly harmful alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, overweight, obesity and high salt consumption. It is necessary the adoption of a comprehensive approach to early detection and cost-effective management of hypertension, taking into account all risk factors, in order to prevent heart disease, cerebrovascular accidents and renal failure, and premature mortality and disability.

Promoting public awareness is a key leading to early detection. Integrated noncommunicable disease programs, implemented through a primary health care approach, are affordable and sustainable, also enabling people to combat hypertension. This self-learning course, aimed to primary care teams in their practice and sociocultural context, provides evidence based information about basic elements for blood pression managment and control. 

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