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Global Health
January 17, 2017

Highest Blood Pressure Levels Shift From Rich to Poor Countries

JAMA. 2017;317(3):246. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.20449

In the last 40 years, the number of people with high blood pressure has almost doubled, with the increase occurring primarily in low- and middle-income countries. Meanwhile, blood pressure levels have declined in high-income countries, according to a report from the NCD (noncommunicable diseases) Risk Factor Collaboration, an international group of hundreds of investigators.

The researchers pooled 1479 national, subnational, or community-based studies that measured the blood pressure of 19.1 million adults aged 18 years or older between 1975 and 2015 to estimate trends in 200 countries.

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