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Epidemiology of hypertension with particular reference to the Bahamas I. Preliminary report of blood pressures and review of possible etiologic factors
Marvin Moser
Richard Morgan
Malcolm Hale
Sibley W. Hoobler
Richard Remingron
H.J. Dodge
Alice I. Macaulay
American Journal of Cardiology
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pp. 727-733


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Hypertension -- Bahamas
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specialized ( marctarget )


1. Data on a blood pressure study of 3,594 Negro subjects in the Bahamas are presented. These data confirm previous observations that the prevalence of elevated blood pressure in this area is high. The percentage of males with a blood pressure of Math Eq or more was 25 per cent; of females, 30 per cent. -- 2. Comparisons of these data with the blood pressure of white subjects in the United States revealed significantly higher systolic and diastolic blood pressures in both sexes and in all age groups in the Bahamas. -- 3. Blood pressure levels of three different Negro populations (United States, Virgin Islands and the Bahamas) were compared and found to be similar in most age groups. This suggests that the blood pressure of Negroes is higher regardless of areas studied or level of “civilization.” Significant differences in blood pressure were not found between “rural” or “urban” areas in the Bahamas. -- 4. Complications of elevated blood pressure, especially cerebral hemorrhage, are apparently common in the Bahamas. --5. Although salt intake may be high in the natives of the Bahamas, familial factors may be of more importance in explaining the variability of prevalence in different island groups in this apparently “susceptible” population. -- 6. Additional genetic and dietary studies are suggested in this group as well as in comparable Negro populations elsewhere in an effort to clarify the apparent “racial” susceptibility to hypertension. ( English )
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American Journal of Cardiology, 4 (6).

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