SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

August 11, 2015 16:02 ET

The cost of high blood pressure in Alberta and Canada

10 per cent of Alberta health-care cost associated with hypertension

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - August 11, 2015) - Approximately 21 per cent of adults in Alberta had diagnosed hypertension, or high blood pressure, in 2010, and an estimated nine in 10 people who live an average life span will develop the condition in their lifetime.

New research out of the University of Calgary's Cumming School of Medicine, published in the September issue of the journal Hypertension evaluated the economic impact of hypertension in Alberta.

The study estimated that in 2010, Alberta spent $1.4-billion treating high blood pressure and its consequences, about 10 per cent of the annual health budget. The team estimated the cost to treat high blood pressure across Canada during the same year was approximately $13.9-billion, accounting for 10.2 per cent of direct health-care spending.

WHAT: One-on-one interviews with the study authors. Phone interviews also available.

WHEN: Wednesday August 12, 2015, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

WHERE: University of Calgary, Foothills Campus, Health Sciences Building. 3330 Hospital Dr NW, Calgary, AB
Please meet at the info desk. Media can park in Lot 6.

WHO: Dr. Kerry McBrien, study author and family physician
Dr. Norm Campbell, study author, hypertension expert

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation's most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada's top five research universities by 2016, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as "I will lift up my eyes."

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About the Cumming School of Medicine
The University of Calgary's Cumming School of Medicine is a leader in health research, with an international reputation for excellence and innovation in health care research and education. We train the next generation of health practitioners, and take new treatments and diagnostic techniques from the laboratory to the patient, always keeping in mind our goal: Creating the Future of Health.

The medical school was created in 1967 and on June 17, 2014, was formally named the Cumming School of Medicine in recognition of Geoffrey Cumming's generous gift to the university.

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About the O'Brien Institute for Public Health

With more than 400 members, the University of Calgary's O'Brien Institute for Public Health is a virtual, interdisciplinary network integrating research groups, academics, health professionals, community leaders, and policy makers across the health continuum to catalyze excellence in population health and health services research. Together, O'Brien Institute members strive to produce new knowledge and evidence to inform, and help shape, public health agencies and health systems for the benefit of local, national and global communities -- achieving the institute's vision of Better Health and Health Care.

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