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World Map Showing the Percentage of Males with High Blood Pressure Around the World
The World Map Depicts the Percentage of Males With High Blood Pressure by Country

 

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High blood pressure is a serious medical problem which can also become fatal if precautions are not taken. High blood pressure may be due to a number of factors such as obesity, smoking, lack of physical activity, more than required salt in diet, stress, old age, hereditary reasons etc. However, blood pressure has no symptoms. Many people are actually unaware that they have high blood pressure. However, high blood pressure is detrimental to health and may lead to heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular issues.

Unfortunately, the past few years have witnessed an increase in the percentage of people suffering from high blood pressure. However, the incidence of blood pressure among people varies from country to country. While in some, a huge population may have high blood pressure, in others the percentage may be low.

According to a World Health Organization data regarding high blood pressure among males, Croatia was the most affected nation. In 2015, the percentage of males aged 18 and above having high blood pressure stood at 38.4 percent in Croatia. Latvia was the second most affected nation with 36.4 percent of the males aged 18 and above having high blood pressure. In both Hungary and Lithuania, 36.1 percent males had high blood pressure, while in Slovenia it was 35.8 percent.

Nations where between 30 to 35 percent of the males aged 18 and above had high blood pressure were Russia, Burkina Faso, Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Mongolia, Pakistan, Niger, among others. Countries such as Nepal, India, Kenya, Iceland, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, Uganda, Brazil, Morocco, Ethiopia, etc also had significant number of males suffering from high blood pressure. The percentage of males suffering from high blood pressure in these nations ranged between 25 and 30.

Meanwhile, there were some nations which were better of than the ones mentioned above but still had a high percentage of men aged 18 and above suffering from high blood pressure. Countries which has less than 20 percent of men having high blood pressure were Ecuador, Bolivia, New Zealand, North Korea, Australia, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Peru, Canada, the United States, and South Korea. Among these South Korea stood at the bottom of the table with 13.8 percent of the males aged 18 and above having high blood pressure.

The table below provides information on the percentage of men aged 18 and above having high blood pressure in each nation.

Country Males
Croatia 38.4
Latvia 36.4
Hungary 36.1
Lithuania 36.1
Slovenia 35.8
Romania 34.7
Poland 34.6
Czechia 34.4
Montenegro 34.4
Estonia 34.3
Slovakia 34.3
Bosnia and Herzegovina 34
Serbia 33.8
Bulgaria 33.6
Republic of Moldova 33.6
Somalia 33.5
Albania 33
Belarus 33
Macedonia 32.7
Russian Federation 32.6
Mongolia 32.3
Ukraine 32.3
Mauritania 31.8
Chad 31.6
Pakistan 31.5
Central African Republic 31.4
Burkina Faso 31.3
Niger 31.3
Mali 31.2
Cabo Verde 30.5
Afghanistan 30.4
Kazakhstan 30.4
Saint Lucia 29.9
Yemen 29.9
Guinea-Bissau 29.7
Nepal 29.7
Senegal 29.7
Angola 29.6
Gambia 29.6
Sierra Leone 29.4
Botswana 29.3
Democratic Republic of the Congo 29.3
Portugal 29.3
Equatorial Guinea 29.2
Guinea 29
Georgia 28.9
Ethiopia 28.8
Bhutan 28.5
Togo 28.3
Eritrea 28.2
Liberia 28.2
Namibia 28.2
Mozambique 28.1
Swaziland 28.1
Djibouti 28
Saint Kitts and Nevis 27.9
Armenia 27.8
Côte d’Ivoire 27.8
Gabon 27.8
Luxembourg 27.8
Madagascar 27.8
Malawi 27.8
Paraguay 27.8
France 27.7
Argentina 27.6
Trinidad and Tobago 27.6
Zambia 27.6
Congo 27.5
Comoros 27.4
Kyrgyzstan 27.4
South Africa 27.4
Burundi 27.3
Benin 27.1
Barbados 27
Maldives 26.9
Sao Tome and Principe 26.9
Timor-Leste 26.9
Zimbabwe 26.9
Grenada 26.8
Brazil 26.7
Uganda 26.7
India 26.6
Federated States of Micronesia 26.6
Samoa 26.6
Turkmenistan 26.6
United Republic of Tanzania 26.6
Denmark 26.5
Kenya 26.5
Mauritius 26.5
Uzbekistan 26.5
Antigua and Barbuda 26.4
Seychelles 26.4
Tajikistan 26.4
Cambodia 26.3
Iceland 26.2
Morocco 26.2
Lesotho 26.1
Niue 26.1
Tuvalu 26.1
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 25.9
Azerbaijan 25.8
Dominica 25.7
Oman 25.7
Palau 25.7
Iraq 25.6
Kuwait 25.5
Algeria 25.4
Chile 25.4
Tonga 25.4
Malaysia 25.3
Austria 25.2
Bahamas 25.2
Haiti 25.2
Italy 25.2
Libya 25.2
Rwanda 25.2
Papua New Guinea 25.1
Syrian Arab Republic 25.1
Vietnam 25
Cameroon 24.9
Cook Islands 24.9
Myanmar 24.9
Egypt 24.8
Saudi Arabia 24.7
Uruguay 24.7
Ghana 24.6
Norway 24.6
Suriname 24.6
Bangladesh 24.5
Guyana 24.5
Jamaica 24.5
Lao People’s Democratic Republic 24.5
Belize 24.4
Germany 24.3
Indonesia 24.3
Malta 24.3
Thailand 24.2
Vanuatu 24.2
Philippines 24.1
Sweden 24.1
Finland 24
Kiribati 24
Cyprus 23.9
Dominican Republic 23.8
Marshall Islands 23.8
Nauru 23.8
Tunisia 23.8
Spain 23.5
Lebanon 23.3
Andorra 23.2
Jordan 23.1
Netherlands 23.1
Qatar 23
Sri Lanka 23
Greece 22.8
Ireland 22.8
Nigeria 22.7
Honduras 22.6
Bahrain 22.5
Japan 22.5
Belgium 22.4
Fiji 22.4
Mexico 22.3
Panama 22.3
Switzerland 22.3
United Arab Emirates 22.1
Brunei Darussalam 22
Guatemala 22
Nicaragua 21.6
China 21.5
Colombia 21.5
Venezuela 21.5
Costa Rica 21
Cuba 20.9
Israel 20.6
El Salvador 20.4
Iran 20.4
Solomon Islands 20.4
Turkey 20.3
Ecuador 19.8
Bolivia 19.7
New Zealand 19.3
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea 19.1
Australia 18
United Kingdom 17.9
Singapore 17.8
Peru 16.1
Canada 15.6
United States of America 15.3
Republic of Korea 13.8

(Data sourced from the World Health Organization)

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