Predictors of undiagnosed, diagnosed and total hypertension among adults in Afghanistan

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Authors: Ahmad Siyar Noormal and Karl Peltzer
Page Range: 181-188
Published in: International Journal on Disability and Human Development, Volume 22 Issue 2
ISSN: 2191-1231

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ABSTRACT

The aim of the study was to assess the prevalence and correlates of undiagnosed, diagnosed and total hypertension (HT) among adults in Afghanistan. The study analyzed cross-sectional national survey data from adults (N = 3,739, 18-69 years) in 2018. Results indicated that the prevalence of undiagnosed HT was 13.1% (36.9% of total HT), diagnosed HT 22.4%, and total HT 35.5%. Older age, high total cholesterol, and obesity were associated with undiagnosed HT (versus no HT), and male sex, never cholesterol measured, no obesity and no heart disease were associated with undiagnosed HT (versus diagnosed HT). Undiagnosed HT is common among adults in Afghanistan, calling for population-based interventions.

Keywords: Undiagnosed hypertension, adults, Afghanistan

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