Blood Pressures High in SSA

The burden of hypertension in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is high, according to a 4-country cross sectional study that also assessed pre-hypertension and identified factors associated with the world’s most common cardiovascular disorder. 

Among 1216 participants, prevalence was 25.9%, the study showed. And 50% of persons with hypertension are unaware of their disorder, signaling the need to increase detection rates of existing hypertension and provide resources for adequate treatment, according to the authors.

Hypertension, which affects 1 billion people worldwide, is the leading single contributor to global burden of disease and mortality, accounting for approximately 9.4 million deaths annually.

Biomed Central

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