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Over Four Million California Adults Age 45 and Older Have High Blood Pressure

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Publication Date: November 2004

Publisher(s): UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

Author(s): Carolyn A. Mendez-Luck; Hongjian Yu; Ying Ying Meng; Mona Jhawar

Funder(s): California Endowment

Funder(s): California Endowment

Topic: Health (Diseases and disorders)
Health (Health services for the chronically ill)

Keywords: adult health; high blood pressure; California

Type: Brief

Coverage: California

Abstract:

This policy brief highlights the geographic variations in hypertension rates among California adults for counties, county-groups, Los Angeles Service Planning Areas, as well as for state legislative and Congressional districts. The first-of-its-kind sub-county data in this publication are useful for policy makers, advocates and medical providers in understanding the burden of the condition in local communities across California.

Hypertension rates were estimated by applying a small-area methodology to multiple data sources, including the 2001 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2001), 2000-2002 Current Population Surveys, and the 2000 Census.