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Actions to control high blood pressure among hypertensive adults in Texas counties along the Mexico border: Texas BRFSS, 2007.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22379217     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: We examined the prevalence of actions taken to control blood pressure as measured by taking antihypertensive medication or making lifestyle modifications among hypertensive adults residing along the Texas/Mexico border.
METHODS: We used self-reported data from the 2007 Texas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, with oversampling of border counties. We calculated the age-standardized prevalence of actions taken to control hypertension by selected characteristics.
RESULTS: In analyses that combined ethnicity with predominant language spoken, those least likely to take any action to control their blood pressure--either by taking an antihypertensive medication or by making any of four lifestyle modifications--were Spanish-speaking Hispanic people (83.2% ± 2.7% standard error [SE]), with English-speaking non-Hispanic people (88.9% ± 0.8% SE) having the highest prevalence of taking action to control blood pressure. When analyzed by type of medical category, uninsured Hispanic people (63.8% ± 4.8% SE) had the lowest prevalence of taking action to control their blood pressure compared with uninsured non-Hispanic people (75.4% ± 4.7% SE). Nonborder Texas residents with hypertension were more likely to take antihypertensive medications (78.4% ± 1.0% SE) than border county residents with hypertension (70.7% ± 2.0% SE).
CONCLUSIONS: Public health efforts must be undertaken to improve the control of hypertension among residents of Texas counties along the Mexico border, particularly for uninsured Hispanic people.
Carma Ayala; Jing Fang; Luis Escobedo; Stephen Pan; Hector G Balcazar; Guijing Wang; Robert Merritt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974)     Volume:  127     ISSN:  1468-2877     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Rep     Publication Date:    2012 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-01     Completed Date:  2012-05-03     Revised Date:  2013-06-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9716844     Medline TA:  Public Health Rep     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  173-85     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30341, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Antihypertensive Agents / therapeutic use*
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Cross-Sectional Studies
Geography / statistics & numerical data
Hispanic Americans / ethnology,  statistics & numerical data*
Hypertension / epidemiology,  ethnology,  prevention & control*
Medically Uninsured / ethnology,  statistics & numerical data*
Middle Aged
Risk Reduction Behavior*
Self Report
Texas / epidemiology
Young Adult
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0/Antihypertensive Agents

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