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Epidemiology of stroke and high blood pressure in Africa.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18308869     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Stroke and high blood pressure are major causes of death and disability worldwide. Although comprehensive stroke surveillance data for Africa are lacking, the available data show that age-standardised mortality, case fatality and prevalence of disabling stroke in Africa are similar to or higher than those measures in most high-income regions. In Africa, more than 90% of patients with haemorrhagic stroke and more than half with ischaemic stroke are found to have high blood pressure. However, awareness of hypertension and its prevention, treatment and control remain very low in Africa even though recent surveys show an increasing prevalence of the disease consistent with the nutritional and epidemiological transition in the region. Renewed emphasis on improved surveillance and the prevention and control of high blood pressure and stroke in Africa is needed.
G A Mensah
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Review     Date:  2008-02-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Heart (British Cardiac Society)     Volume:  94     ISSN:  1468-201X     ISO Abbreviation:  Heart     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-05-15     Completed Date:  2008-06-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9602087     Medline TA:  Heart     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  697-705     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Africa South of the Sahara / epidemiology
Age Factors
Health Promotion / standards*
Hypertension / epidemiology,  prevention & control*
Needs Assessment / standards*
Risk Factors
Risk Reduction Behavior
Rural Health
Socioeconomic Factors
Stroke / epidemiology,  prevention & control*

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