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CSDE Affiliate Anna Zamora-Kapoor Publishes Study On Risk Factors For Elevated Blood Pressure and Hypertension

Posted: 12/7/2020 (CSDE Research)

CSDE Affiliate Anna Zamora-Kapoor, along with co-authors, recently published an article in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health examining risk factors for elevated blood pressure and hypertension in American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs), compared to other ethnic groups in the US. Employing weighted relative risk regression models stratified by race/ethnicity and using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, they evaluate the associations between risk factors and elevated blood pressure and hypertension in AI/ANs, compared to non-Hispanic Whites, non-Hispanic Blacks and Hispanics. They find that in all groups, females had a lower risk of both elevated blood pressure and hypertension than males, and that increasing body mass index raised hypertension risk. In AI/ANs, financial instability increased the risk of hypertension by 88% (95% CI: 1.27-2.77), but not in other groups. To read the article click here