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Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Year: 1997  |  Volume: 3  |  Issue: 3  |  Page No.: 472 - 479

Epidemiology of hypertension and other cardiovascular disease risk factors in the urban population of Soussa, Tunisia

Ghannem H. and Fredj A. Hadj    

Abstract: To illustrate the distribution of hypertension in the community, an epidemiological survey was conducted based on a representative sample of 957 adults aged > / = 20 years resident in Soussa, Tunisia in 1995. The prevalence of hypertension according to the new World Health Organization criteria [systolic blood pressure >140 mmHg and/or diastolic blood pressure >90 mmHg] was 28.9%. Hypertension was significantly higher in cases with obesity, android obesity and for persons aged >40 years. History of diabetes was found in 10.2% of cases, obesity in 27.7%, overweight in 56.7%, android obesity in 36.0% and smoking in 61.4% of men and 4.2% of women.

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