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Date published: 2007/04/20

The BBC says:

The stress of everyday life threatens to fuel an epidemic of cardiovascular disease, a report warns.

The study says high blood pressure is rife, and implicates modern, frantic lifestyles, warning many under-estimate the problem at their peril.

The team of international experts warns that one in four adults already has the condition - but if nothing is done that figure could rise by 60% over 20 years.

The study was unveiled at the European Parliament in Brussels.

The researchers say much more work is needed to tackle high blood pressure - not least a switch to healthier, less hectic lifestyles.

They warn that unless people modify their lifestyles, and diagnosis and treatment improve, recent gains in treating cardiovascular disease could be reversed.

They report says that every year, high blood pressure is implicated in an estimated 7.1 million deaths worldwide.

The problem is growing most rapidly in emerging countries with westernised economies, such as Brazil, China, India, Russia, Turkey and the Central European states.

Another pointless, end-of-the-world, health study whose main purpose in life is to promote the work of the people doing the study. And what better place to promote this than in the European Parliament, which is stock full of people who do no work but who get paid far more than the average European citizen, and mostly tax free and with huge expense accounts to boot. And we also get the usual patonising litany about how all those dreadful developing countries and their "westernised" economies are just following suit. Obviously these countries would be much better off if they had just remained poor so that we could instead patronise them about how dreadful their economy was and how lazy they allegedly were.

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