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The Health Risk of Hypertension in South Texas: A Demographic Profile

Jones, Rebecca A. Patronis DNSc, RN, CNAA; Ricard, Richard PhD; Sefcik, Elizabeth PhD, RN, CS; Miller, Mary Ellen MSN, RN

Hypertension and Holistic Care

This article provides a demographic profile of the hypertensive adult in South Texas. Hypertension, a silent disease because of its lack of overt signs and symptoms, poses a major public health problem. Few prevalence studies have been completed reflecting Mexican-American populations. South Texas hypertension trends are comparable to national trends. However, the awareness of hypertension in South Texas is lower than that of the national population. The density of risk factors may be responsible for the patterns of South Texas hypertension.

Director and Professor, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas and Deputy Director, Coastal Bend Health Education Center, The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, Natural Resources Center, Corpus Christi, TX (Jones)

Associate Professor, College of Education (Ricard)

Professor, School of Nursing and Health Sciences (Sefcik)

Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Health Sciences (Miller)

* Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, Texas.

Dedication: The authors wish to dedicate this article to Senator Carlos Truan, Dean, Texas Senate, and humanitarian, and to his fellow legislators who supported the funding that made this research project possible.

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