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This Week in JAMA
May 14, 2003

This Week in JAMA

JAMA. 2003;289(18):2325. doi:10.1001/jama.289.18.2325

Wolf-Maier and colleaguesArticle analyzed data from 8 national surveys in Europe and North America to assess geographic variation in blood pressure (BP) levels and in the prevalence of hypertension. Mean BP measurements and hypertension prevalence were higher in 6 European countries than in the United States and Canada. Hypertension prevalence was strongly correlated with stroke mortality. In an editorial, Staessen and coauthorsArticle note that BP is the most consistent and powerful predictor of stroke risk and suggest that a downward shift in the distribution of BP in large populations would likely lead to a marked reduction in the global burden of stroke.