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Hypertension cost Alberta health care system $1.4 billion in 2010: study

About 10 per cent of Alberta’s annual health budget goes toward treating high blood pressure and its related complications, a new study from the University of Calgary says. While other countries are reducing rates of hypertension, researchers say Canada is heading in the wrong direction. The tab for treating hypertension and its consequences in Alberta reached $1.4 billion in 2010. Nationwide, the study’s authors estimate that hypertension accounted for $13.9 billion in the same year.

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