Minister of Health YB Dato Dr Hj Mohammad Isham (C) during the launching ceremony of the Brunei National Hypertension Guideline 2019. Image: Wardi Wasil

The Ministry of Health (MOH) in collaboration with the Cardiac Society Brunei Darussalam launched the Brunei National Hypertension Guideline 2019 recently in an effort to standardise the treatment of high blood pressure and reduce patients’ risk of heart disease.

Consultant Cardiologist and President of the Brunei Cardiac Society Dr Sofian Dato Paduka Hj Johar, during the 6th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society, highlighted how hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a major risk factor for heart disease worldwide as well as in the sultanate.

“High blood pressure is one of the most common diseases in Brunei (with) more than 30 percent of adults in the country are viewed to suffer from hypertension, according to some studies performed by MOH,” he said.

According to the Health Information Booklet 2017 by MOH, heart diseases and hypertensive diseases are the second and the fifth most common causes of death in Brunei, respectively.

The new Brunei Darussalam National Hypertension Guideline 2019. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Meanwhile, cerebrovascular diseases, for which hypertension is also the risk factor, is the fourth leading cause of death.

With the launch of its second edition, it is hoped to encourage Bruneians to use the “latest medication and latest evidence” to help reduce the risk of heart disease.

“The first guideline was published in 2002 and a lot of things have changed, a lot of advances have been made (since then) in the treatment of high blood pressure… if we can treat hypertension (effectively) incidents of cardiac diseases would decline,” said Dr Sofian.

The new guideline covers all age ranges, from children to older people, for men and women, including those of child-bearing age and during pregnancy, providing a comprehensive guideline for patients with hypertension.

The launch which was held at the Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre was officiated by Minister of Health YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad Isham Hj Jaafar.

Members of the public can download the full guideline for free at https://cardiacsociety.org.bn

Audience attending the launch of the Brunei National Hypertension Guideline 2019 held at the Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre. Image: Wardi Wasil

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