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An international comparative study of blood pressure in populations of European vs. African descent

Cooper, R.S.; Wolf-Maier, K.; Luke, A.; Adeyemo, A.; Banegas, J.R.; Forrester, T.; Giampaoli, S.; ... Thamm, M.; + view all (2005) An international comparative study of blood pressure in populations of European vs. African descent. BMC Medicine , 3:2 10.1186/1741-7015-3-2. Green open access

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Abstract

Background: The consistent finding of higher prevalence of hypertension in US blacks compared to whites has led to speculation that African-origin populations are particularly susceptible to this condition. Large surveys now provide new information on this issue. Methods: Using a standardized analysis strategy we examined prevalence estimates for 8 white and 3 black populations (N = 85,000 participants). Results: The range in hypertension prevalence was from 27 to 55% for whites and 14 to 44% for blacks. Conclusions: These data demonstrate that not only is there a wide variation in hypertension prevalence among both racial groups, the rates among blacks are not unusually high when viewed internationally. These data suggest that the impact of environmental factors among both populations may have been under-appreciated.

Type: Article
Title: An international comparative study of blood pressure in populations of European vs. African descent
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1186/1741-7015-3-2
Publisher version: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/3/2
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/506
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