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SNAPSHOT: Hypertension in Haiti

Twenty percent of adults in four slum communities in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, had hypertension or abnormally high blood pressure. Men had higher rates than women, according to a study in the Journal of Hypertension. The analysis of the data was conducted by by Olga Tymejczyk, a research scientist at the Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health at CUNY’s Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy.     

Being overweight was the most common risk factor (21 percent among men, 48 percent among women). Smoking was less common (12 percent of men, 4 percent of women). One noteworthy finding: Hypertension in men was also associated with having migrated into those neighborhoods in the previous three years.

Blood pressure gauge

With increased urbanization and slum populations growing worldwide, Tymejczyk said efforts must be undertaken to address “the growing burden of non-communicable diseases” and make this population’s “health needs visible.”

The study was led by researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College and the Haitian Study Group on Kaposi’s Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections (GHESKIO) Centers. Read more.

SNAPSHOT is SUM’s new afternoon science brief.