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Type Journal Article - Globalization and Health
Title Profile of people with hypertension in Nairobi's slums: a descriptive study
Volume 11
Issue 26
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2015
Page numbers 0-0
URL http://www.globalizationandhealth.com/content/11/1/26
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a rising health burden among the world’s poor with hypertension as the main risk factor. In sub-Saharan Africa, hypertension is increasingly affecting the urban population of which a substantial part lives in slums. This study aims to give insight into the profile of patients with hypertension living in slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

Socio-demographic and anthropometric data as well as clinical measurements including BP from 440 adults with hypertension aged 35 years and above living in Korogocho, a slum on the eastern side of Nairobi, Kenya, will be collected at baseline and at the first clinic visit.

The study population showed high prevalence of overweight and abdominal obesity as well as behavioral risk factors such as smoking, alcohol and a low vegetable and fruit intake. Furthermore, the majority of hypertensive patients do not take anti-hypertensive medication and the ones who do show little adherence.

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