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Hypertension Prevalence Higher In Low-, Middle-Income Countries Than In High-Income Nations, Study Shows

Washington Post: Hypertension is now more common in poor and middle-income countries than rich ones
“Middle- and lower-income countries now have a higher rate of hypertension than high-income countries. Worldwide, the prevalence of hypertension is at a record high, according to a new study in the journal Circulation. From 2000 to 2010, the rate of hypertension in middle- and lower-income countries increased by nearly eight percentage points. For higher-income countries in that same time period, it decreased by nearly three percentage points…” (Beachum, 8/9).

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