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Global Health
March 19, 2014

High Hypertension Rates in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

JAMA. 2014;311(11):1101. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.2581

Hypertension rates in low- and middle-income countries are “broadly comparable” to those of high-income countries, and levels of treatment and control are inadequate, an international team of researchers has found (Lloyd-Sherlock P et al. Int J Epidemiol. doi:10.1093/ije/dyt215 [published online February 6, 2014]).

The researchers determined patterns of hypertension prevalence, awareness, treatment, and control based on survey data from 35 125 people 50 years and older in South Africa, China, Ghana, India, Mexico, and Russia, collected for the World Health Organization’s Study on Global Aging and Adult Health (SAGE).

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