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Hypertension And Holistic Care

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*

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Abstract

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.

Copyright © 2001 by Aspen Publishers, Inc.

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