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To the Editor.—
There appears to be an error in a recent editorial (235:2327, 1976).The statement is made that "55% of the population suffers from some degree of hypertension." The cross-referenced study (235:2299, 1976) shows 21% as the more accurate figure.Also, if 24 million (estimate) Americans are said to have hypertension, then the percentage estimate would be closer to 10% or 15% of the general population. The 55% figure cited comes from the total of uncontrolled, untreated, and undetected persons with hypertension (first part of the referenced study). Therefore, the actual total percentage of people with uncontrolled, untreated, and undetected hypertension would be closer to 11% or less, as cited in the study on page 2304.
William O. Phillips. Incidence of Hypertension. JAMA. 1976;236(21):2394. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270220016020