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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
October 8, 2014

Disabilities Pose Hypertension Risk

JAMA. 2014;312(14):1390. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.12451

Hypertension rates among adults with disabilities haven’t come under much scrutiny in the United States. But a new study shows prevalence of the condition is significantly higher among adults with disabilities than those who aren’t disabled.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers used data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys conducted in 2001 through 2010 to examine associations between disabilities and hypertension. Their sample size comprised 23 800 adults aged 20 years or older. Based on 3 blood pressure measurements, the study defined hypertension as an average systolic blood pressure of 140 mm Hg or higher and an average diastolic blood pressure of 90 mm Hg or higher.

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