Socioeconomic Problems Associated With Developing Hypertension

By James Adams

Difficulty in paying for basics and a decline in income during a 10-year period may be associated with incident hypertension.

Investigators from multiple institutions across the United States including the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, assessed the effect of initial socioeconomic status and changes in status on the development of hypertension over a 10-year follow-up period.

Blood pressure, body mass index and socioeconomic characteristics were measured at years zero, two, five, seven and 10 in 3,827 normotensive, black and white men and women aged 18 to 30 years.

Measures of the trajectory of socioeconomic status included getting a new educational degree, having difficulties in paying for basics and experiencing a change in income.

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