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Hypertension associated with co-morbidity

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Nearly three-quarters of adults with cardiovascular co-morbidities (CVCs) also have hypertension, a US study has shown.

Of the 4,646 adults studied, hypertension was found in 76.8% with diabetes, 69.5% with stroke and 81.8% with chronic kidney disease.

The researchers said that hypertension in patients with CVCs was also poorly controlled: among those with stroke, even though 89% were receiving treatment, only 34.9 % had blood pressure (BP) lower than 140/90 mm Hg.

The authors said: ‘Poor control rates of systolic hypertension [in patients with CVCs] remain a principal problem that further compromises their already high cardiovascular disease risk.

‘These high-risk persons represent an urgent need for intensified efforts to achieve BP control.’

Archives of Internal Medicine (2007) 167: 2431-2436

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