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The Prevalence of Hypertension: Role of Hereditary in Young and Obesity in all

Anand Narendra Shukla*, Tarun Madan, Bhavesh M Thakkar, Meena Parmar and Komal Shah

U.N. Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Center, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, INDIA

*Corresponding Author:
Shukla A N
U.N. Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Center
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, INDIA
Tel: 09825868849
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: May 07, 2014; Accepted Date: June 28, 2014; Published Date: July 01, 2014

Citation: Shukla AN, Madan T, Thakkar BM, Parmar M, Shah K (2014) The Prevalence of Hypertension: Role of Hereditary in Young and Obesity in all. J Hypertens 3:156. doi:10.4172/2167-1095.1000156

Copyright: © 2014 Shukla AN, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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The epidemiology study was done to evaluate the prevalence and contributing factors for hypertension in western Indian. Total 3629 patients eligible for study; overall prevalence of hypertension was 26% and approximately 10% in younger (<40 yrs) age group. The obesity and sedentary life style plays important role in development of hypertension in overall population while family history of hypertension and obesity influence in younger.


Hypertension, Prevalence, Obesity, Hereditary


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is in malignant form in Asian Indians because it affects younger age group (<40 yrs), so the risk factors for the same might appears at an earlier age. Hypertension is an increasingly important medical and public health issue because it is one of the important risk factor for the CVD. The prevalence of hypertension increases with advanced age to the point where more than half of people aged 60 to 69 years old and approximately three fourth of those aged 70 years and older are affected [1].

Data from observational studies involving more than 1 million individuals have indicated that death from ischemic heart disease and stroke increases progressively and linearly from blood pressure (BP) level as low as 115 mmHg of systolic and 75 mmHg of diastolic. For every 20 mmHg systolic or 10 mmHg diastolic increase in BP, there is doubling of mortality from both ischemic heart disease and stroke. The increased risks are present in all age groups ranging from 40 years to 89 years old [1]. Earlier reports also suggest that the prevalence of hypertension is rapidly increasing in developing countries and is one of the leading causes of death and disability. Risk of cardiovascular events in Asian Indians is higher at relatively lower level of blood pressure [2]. In terms of attributable death, raised blood pressure is one of the leading behavioral and physiological risk factor to which 13% of global deaths are attributed. Hypertension is reported to be the fourth contributor to premature death in developed countries and the seventh in developing countries [2].

Material and Methods

This cross-sectional study was conducted from 29th Sep 2013 to 7th Oct 2013 at two centers in Ahmedabad. Total 4166 individual participated in this study.

Inclusion criteria

• Age > 20 yrs

• Healthy individuals

Exclusion criteria

• Known case of hypertension and or receiving drug for same currently or in past

• Known case of diabetes and or receiving drug for same currently or in past

• Known case of Ischemic heart disease and or receiving drug for same

• Pregnancy

Total 4166 individual participated in this study out of which 3629 were eligible for enrolment and data analysis. Detailed clinical evaluation was done which included proper blood pressure measurement; fasting blood was taken for biochemical analysis and anthropometric measurements.

Following tests/evaluation were carried out

• Height and weight

• Blood pressure measurement

• Resting 12 leads ECG

• Fasting lipid profile, Fasting Blood Sugar, Cretaine and Haemoglobin

The accurate measurement of BP was the sin qua non for part of this study. The mercury equipment, individual properly prepared and positioned. The auscultatory method of BP measurement was used. Person should have been sitting quietly for at least five minutes in chair with feet on the floor and arm supported at the heart level. Use of standard cuff, large bladder for fat arm and small bladder for asthenic arm [1]. For measurement, the bladder was quickly inflated to 20 mmHg higher than point of disappearance of radial pulse and bladder was deflated slowly at 2 mmHg every second. JNC-VII criteria were used to diagnose hypertension. The family history of hypertension defined as any first-degree family member diagnosed and/or receiving drug therapy for hypertension.


The factors contributing for development of hypertension were also evaluated. These factors were family history of hypertension, obesity, sedentary life style, smoking and type-A personality. The analysis of above mention factors were done to assess their significance and relative risk between normal, pre-hypertensive and hypertensive groups.


Figure 1: Prevalence of hypertension decade wise shows approximately 10% in fourth decades, which increase up to three times (30%) in fifth decades and more than 50% prevalence after sixth decades.

  Blood pressure
Normal (N) Systolic <120mmhg and diastolic <80mmhg.
Pre-hypertension (PHTN) Systolic >120 to 139mmhg or Diastolic > 80 to 89mmhg
Hypertension (HTN) Systolic >140mmhg or diastolic > 90mmhg.

Table 1: Participant divided into three categories according to their blood pressure as per JNC VII: normal blood pressure (N), prehypertension (PHTN) and hypertension (HTN)

The population characteristic of this cross sectional study was described using proportions. Univariate analysis method was performed to assess the difference between two groups using Chi-square test. The level of significance was accepted at p<0.05. All the analysis was performed using Medcalc, version (MedCalc Software bvba, Belgium). 

The relative risk of the population was calculated using following formula:



Total 3629 participants eligible for study; out of which 1735 (48%) were below forty years of age. The overall prevalence of hypertension, and pre-hypertension were 26% and 40%respectively.

  Total no (% of total pt) <40 yrs (Group: A) >40 yrs (Group: B)
Normal (N) 1204(33%)  865(50%)  339(18%)
Pre-hypertension (PHTN) 1472(40%) 684(39%) 788(42%)
Hypertension (HTN) 953(26%) 186(11%) 767(40%)
Total 3629 1735 1894

Table 2: The prevalence of hypertension was approximately 11% in <40 years of age in contrarily, >40 yrs of age groups only 18% were belong to normal blood pressure category.

The factors contributing towards development of hypertension were analyzed in overall population as well as in younger (<40 years) patient group. These factors were family history of hypertension, obesity (Body Mas Index>25 kg/m2), smoking, sedentary life style and type-A personality.

All these factors show significant statistical significant difference between normal and pre hypertension in overall population except Type-A personality. The relative risk was higher for obesity (1.51) in compare to other factors (Figure 2, Table 3).


Figure 2: Frequency of contributing risk factors for hypertension in normal, pre-hypertensive and hypertensive population.

  Total Population Age ≤ 40
Variables RR of N & PHTN RR of N & HTN RR of N & PHTN RR of N & HTN
F/H/O HTN 1.14 0.8618 1.379 1.4788
Obesity 1.515 1.773 1.7377 1.986
Sedentary Life 1.105 1.1069 1.112 1.0766
Smoking 1.428 1.224 1.767 1.472
Type A 0.955 0.997 0.959 1.483

Table 3: Relative risk of contributing factors for PHTN and HTN in overall population and young (age ≤ 40) population

Where, F/H/O HTN–Family history of hypertension, PHTN–Pre-hypertension, HTN–Hypertension, *-Significantly different as compared to normal

In younger pre-hypertensive patient family history of hypertension, obesity, smoking and sedentary life styles shows significant difference between two groups while relative risk was higher with smoking (1.76) and obesity (1.73) compare to other variables (Table 3 and Figure 3).


Figure 3: Frequency of contributing risk factors for hypertension in normal, pre-hypertensive and hypertensive population in age groups = 40, Where, F/H/O HTN-Family history of hypertension, PHTN-Pre-hypertension, HTN-Hypertension, *-Significantly different as compared to normal

The younger hypertensive is obese and having positive family history of hypertension compare to normal population; relative risk were higher with both of these variables (Table 3 and Figure 3).


Cardiovascular disease was the largest cause of deaths in males (20.3%), as well as female (16.9%) and lead to 2 million deaths annually. The population attributable risks were different with greater importance of hypertension and lesser importance of diabetes and lipids [3]. The Atlas of heart disease and stroke has demonstrated a sustained increase in mean blood pressure level from a low 120 mmHg to 130 mmHg in year 1997 as compare to 1942. Further modelled data project that 107.3 m million men and 106.2 million women will suffer from hypertension by the year 2025 [4].


Figure 4: Frequency of contributing risk factors for hypertension in normal, pre-hypertensive and hypertensive population in age groups>40

Hypertension is leading attributable risk factor in INTERSTROKE study for thrombotic or hemorrahagic strokes (34.6) while forth contributable risk factor for acute myocardial infarction as per INTERHEART study. The overall prevalence of hypertension has risen from low of 4.3% in 1963 to as high as approximately 50% in specific community of rajasthan and kerala [6].

Table 4 shows prevalence of hypertension in different study from 1995 to 2008; range of prevalence between 20% to 47.9%.

First author Year Place Age (Yrs) Sample size Prevalence
Gupta R 1995 Jaipur ≥20 2212 30.9
Anand MP 2000 Mumbai 30-60 1662 34
Gupta R 2002 Jaipur >20 1123 33.4
Shanthirani CS 2003 Chennai >20 1262 21.1
Gupta PC 2004 Mumbai >35 88653 47.9
Prabhakaran D 2005 Delhi 20-59 2935 30
Reddy KS 2006 National 20-69 19973 27.2
Mohan V 2007 Chennai >20 2350 20
Kaur P 2007 Chennai 18-69 2262 27.2
Yadav S 2008 Lucknow >30 1746 32.2
Shukla A 2013 Ahmedabad >20 3629 26%

Table 4: Prevalence of hypertension in different study from 1995 to 2008

Our study is third largest study to evaluate prevalence of HTN and having prevalence about 26%. The prevalence of hypertension has increased in both urban and rural population. In rural population higher prevalence in Rajasthan while urban prevalence doesn’t vary significance in different region. The prevalence of HTN was highest in metropolitan cities such as Mumbai and lower in less populated cities [7-10].The decade wise prevalence of hypertension in our study shows progressively increase from approximately 11% in less than 40 years to more than 50% after sixth decades [11-14].

The results from our study show that prevalence of hypertension increase as age increase. The family history of hypertension and obesity plays important role in younger hypertensive patient while obesity and sedentary life style were important factors on overall population. As the family history of hypertension is a hereditary and non modifiable factor; obesity and sedentary life style are modifiable risk factors. By increase awareness of exercise and by focusing on prevention of obesity may decrease prevalence of hypertension in the study community.


The prevalence of hypertension increase with age with overall prevalence in this study was 26%.The family history of hypertension, obesity and sedentary life style appeared to be major factors contributing for development of hypertension. The prevention of obesity may influence in reduction in development of hypertension in study population.


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