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ABSTRACT: This study was conducted with the aim of finding the prevalence rate of hypertension and the relationship between hypertension and selected socioeconomic and dietary parameters in females aged 15-49 years in a disadvantaged community in Jordan. A household survey was carried out, using a questionnaire as an instrument for interviewing subjects. About 19% of females had hypertension, ranging between 7.5% in the very young to 58% in women aged 45-49 years. Hypertension was significantly associated with almost all variables studied such as age, education, marital status, parity, obesity, and dietary patterns. Some strategies were suggested to improve the situation in the future.
Health Care For Women International 02/2008; 29(1):39-53. DOI:10.1080/07399330701723822 · 0.63 Impact Factor