Prevalence, awareness, treatment and control of hypertension in urban poor communities in Accra, Ghana

Raphael B. Awuah, John K. Anarfi, Charles Agyemang, Gbenga Ogedegbe, Ama De-Graft Aikins

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Background: Hypertension is a major public health problem in many sub-Saharan African countries including Ghana, but data on urban poor communities are limited the aim of this study was therefore to assess the prevalence, awareness, management and control of hypertension among a young adult population in their reproductive ages living in urban poor communities in Accra. Methods: Cross-sectional, population-based survey of 714 young adults in their reproductive ages (women aged 15-49 years, men aged 15-59 years) living in three urban poor suburbs of Accra, Ghana. Results: The overall prevalence of hypertension in all three communities was 28.3% (women 25.6% and men 31.0%). Among respondents who had hypertension, 7.4% were aware of their condition; 4% were on antihypertensive medication while only 3.5% of hypertensive individuals had adequate blood pressure (BP) control (BP

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1203-1210
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Hypertension
Volume32
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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Hypertension
Young Adult
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Antihypertensive Agents
Population
Public Health
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Accra
  • awareness
  • control
  • hypertension
  • prevalence
  • treatment
  • urban poor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Medicine(all)

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Prevalence, awareness, treatment and control of hypertension in urban poor communities in Accra, Ghana. / Awuah, Raphael B.; Anarfi, John K.; Agyemang, Charles; Ogedegbe, Gbenga; De-Graft Aikins, Ama.

In: Journal of Hypertension, Vol. 32, No. 6, 2014, p. 1203-1210.

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Awuah, Raphael B. ; Anarfi, John K. ; Agyemang, Charles ; Ogedegbe, Gbenga ; De-Graft Aikins, Ama. / Prevalence, awareness, treatment and control of hypertension in urban poor communities in Accra, Ghana. In: Journal of Hypertension. 2014 ; Vol. 32, No. 6. pp. 1203-1210.
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