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Canadian Journal of Cardiology

Global Burden of Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke: Hypertension at the Core

  • Daniel T. Lackland
    Correspondence
    Corresponding author: Dr Daniel T. Lackland, Division of Translational Neurology and Population Studies, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Medical University of South Carolina, Harborview Office Tower, Suite 501, Charleston, South Carolina 29425, USA. Tel.: +1-843-876-1141; fax: +1-843-792-2484.
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    Division of Translational Neurology and Population Studies, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, USA
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  • Michael A. Weber
    Affiliations
    Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, State University of New York, Downstate College of Medicine, Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Published:January 22, 2015DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cjca.2015.01.009
      High blood pressure has long been recognized as a major health burden and particularly as a major risk factor for stroke, cardiovascular disease, end-stage renal disease, and overall mortality that affects all segments of the population.
      • Pickering G.W.
      The natural history of hypertension.
      Although traditionally considered a condition primarily associated with economically developed countries, current indications and emerging evidence identify the high global effect of increased blood pressure in all regions and populations in the world.
      • Pearson T.A.
      Cardiovascular disease in developing countries: myths, realities, and opportunities.
      The economically developing countries represent the fastest growing segment of the global population.

      United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2013). World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision, Key Findings and Advance Tables. Working Paper No. ESA/P/WP.227.

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