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High blood pressure in Latin America: a call to action.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19561117     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
High blood pressure (BP) is an enormous global problem, and is especially challenging for low- and middle-income countries such as those of Latin America. Although developed countries have benefited from significant reductions in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease in recent decades, comparable reductions have not been achieved in Latin America. In fact, the prevalence of high BP is increasing in many Latin American countries, and the situation will worsen without definitive efforts to correct it. The growing preponderance of hypertension and chronic diseases, coupled with expected increases in population growth, present a mounting threat to Latin American economies. This report provides a comprehensive overview of the burden of high BP throughout Latin America, and presents recommendations for change. The dismal observations warrant a call to action for improved control of high BP and other cardiovascular risk factors across Latin America. Achieving these ambitious goals will require collaborative efforts by many groups, including policymakers, international organizations, healthcare providers, schools and society as a whole.
Adolfo Rubinstein; Luis Alcocer; Antonio Chagas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review     Date:  2009-06-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Therapeutic advances in cardiovascular disease     Volume:  3     ISSN:  1753-9447     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2009 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-07-29     Completed Date:  2009-10-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101316343     Medline TA:  Ther Adv Cardiovasc Dis     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  259-85     Citation Subset:  IM    
Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure*
Cardiovascular Diseases / economics,  ethnology*,  etiology,  mortality,  physiopathology
Cost of Illness
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Developing Countries* / economics
Health Care Costs
Health Promotion
Hypertension / complications,  economics,  ethnology*,  mortality,  physiopathology
Latin America / epidemiology
Life Style
Middle Aged
National Health Programs
Population Growth
Risk Factors
Time Factors
Young Adult

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