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Hypertension in the black community of the Cape Peninsula, South Africa.
East Afr Med J. 1996 Nov; 73(11):758-63.EA

Abstract

Hypertension prevalence, treatment status and factors relating to high blood pressure were determined in an urban black community of the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. A study population of 986 subjects aged 15-64 years was randomly selected. Blood pressure, height, weight and serum cholesterol levels were measured, while demographic information, personal and family history relating to hypertension and attendance of health services were determined by questionnaire. Overall 9.2% of males and 12.9% of females were hypertensive according to WHO criteria. Blood pressures between 160/95 and 140/90 mmHg were found in 10% of males and 10.5% of females. The treatment status of hypertensives showed that 24.3% had a blood pressure below 160/95 mmHg, and 16% below 140/90 mmHg. Hypertensives used more alcohol and were more overweight than normotensives. Multiple logistic regression revealed that hypertension was independently related to age, being overweight and more urbanised. The degree of urbanisation also predicted to what extent hypertension prevalence increases with age. This black population had low hypertension rates compared with other similar groups in South Africa. These data suggest that as rural blacks increasingly undergo urbanisation, hypertension prevalence increases. Necessary diagnostic and treatment regimens and hypertension services are not yet in place in the South African health services, and need to be established.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Programme for Chronic Diseases of Lifestyle, Medical Research Council, Tygerberg, South Africa.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

8997869

Citation

Steyn, K, et al. "Hypertension in the Black Community of the Cape Peninsula, South Africa." East African Medical Journal, vol. 73, no. 11, 1996, pp. 758-63.
Steyn K, Fourie J, Lombard C, et al. Hypertension in the black community of the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. East Afr Med J. 1996;73(11):758-63.
Steyn, K., Fourie, J., Lombard, C., Katzenellenbogen, J., Bourne, L., & Jooste, P. (1996). Hypertension in the black community of the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. East African Medical Journal, 73(11), 758-63.
Steyn K, et al. Hypertension in the Black Community of the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. East Afr Med J. 1996;73(11):758-63. PubMed PMID: 8997869.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Hypertension in the black community of the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. AU - Steyn,K, AU - Fourie,J, AU - Lombard,C, AU - Katzenellenbogen,J, AU - Bourne,L, AU - Jooste,P, PY - 1996/11/1/pubmed PY - 1996/11/1/medline PY - 1996/11/1/entrez SP - 758 EP - 63 JF - East African medical journal JO - East Afr Med J VL - 73 IS - 11 N2 - Hypertension prevalence, treatment status and factors relating to high blood pressure were determined in an urban black community of the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. A study population of 986 subjects aged 15-64 years was randomly selected. Blood pressure, height, weight and serum cholesterol levels were measured, while demographic information, personal and family history relating to hypertension and attendance of health services were determined by questionnaire. Overall 9.2% of males and 12.9% of females were hypertensive according to WHO criteria. Blood pressures between 160/95 and 140/90 mmHg were found in 10% of males and 10.5% of females. The treatment status of hypertensives showed that 24.3% had a blood pressure below 160/95 mmHg, and 16% below 140/90 mmHg. Hypertensives used more alcohol and were more overweight than normotensives. Multiple logistic regression revealed that hypertension was independently related to age, being overweight and more urbanised. The degree of urbanisation also predicted to what extent hypertension prevalence increases with age. This black population had low hypertension rates compared with other similar groups in South Africa. These data suggest that as rural blacks increasingly undergo urbanisation, hypertension prevalence increases. Necessary diagnostic and treatment regimens and hypertension services are not yet in place in the South African health services, and need to be established. SN - 0012-835X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/8997869/Hypertension_in_the_black_community_of_the_Cape_Peninsula_South_Africa_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/highbloodpressure.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -