Author(s): Ulasi II, Ijoma CK, Onwubere BJ, Arodiwe E, Onodugo O,
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Abstract Background. A community-based study put the prevalence of hypertension in Nigeria at 32.8\%. Market workers in Nigeria lead sedentary life style and often depend on salt-laden fast food while at work. Method. An unselected population of market workers were screened for hypertension and its risk factors by a pretested, structured questionnaire, clinical examination, and laboratory investigation. Hypertension was defined as BP ≥ 140 and/or ≥ 90 mmHg or being on drug therapy. Results. Forty-two percent of the screened population were hypertensive. Of this number, 70.6\% did not know they were hypertensive before the screening. More males than females (P = .022) were hypertensive. Prevalence of hypertension increased with age from 5.4\% in the age group <20 years to 80\% in the age group ≥70 years. Conclusion. The prevalence of hypertension in market workers in this study was 42\%, and the majority of them were unaware of their disease.
This article was published in Int J Hypertens
and referenced in Journal of Novel Physiotherapies