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Revalence of hypertension and associated risk factors in six nicaraguan communities
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2012 (English)In: Ethnicity & Disease, ISSN 1049-510X, Vol. 22, no 2, 129-135 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective: Describe the prevalence of hypertension. Design: Population based cross-sectional survey. Setting: Six Nicaraguan communities with varying economies. Participants: 1,355 adults aged 20-60 years who completed both self-reported and quantitative measures of health. Main Outcome Measures: Prevalence of hypertension (systolic >= 140 mm Hg, diastolic >= 90 mm Hg, or self-reported medical history with diagnosis by a health care professional), uncontrolled hypertension (systolic >= 140 mm Hg or diastolic >= 90 mm Hg), diabetes (urinary glucose excretion >= 100 mg/dL or self-reported medical history diagnosed by a health care professional), and uncontrolled diabetes (urinary glucose excretion >= 100 mg/dL only). Results: The prevalence of hypertension was 22.0% (19.2% in men, 24.2% in women). Blood pressure was controlled in 31.0% of male hypertensives and 55.1% of female hypertensives (odds ratio [OR] 2.86; 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.74-4.69). Older age and higher body mass index were strongly associated with hypertension. Women who completed primary school had a lower risk of hypertension (OR .40; 95% CI .19-.85) compared to those with no formal education. A history of living in both urban and rural settings was associated with lower prevalence of hypertension (OR .52; 95% CI .34-.79). Diabetes mellitus was found in 1.2% of men and 4.3% of women. Male sex was independently associated with decreased risk of diabetes (OR .31; 95% CI .11-.86). Conclusions: At least one cardiovascular risk factor was found in half of this Nicaraguan sample. Cardiovascular risk factors should be the target of educational efforts, screening, and treatment.

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2012. Vol. 22, no 2, 129-135 p.
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Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Central America, Developing Nations, Diabetes, Hypertension, Nicaragua, Noncommunicable Diseases
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-177415ISI: 000304976100002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-177415DiVA: diva2:576600
Available from: 2012-12-13 Created: 2012-07-13 Last updated: 2012-12-13Bibliographically approved

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