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1 in 5 Young Adults May Have Hypertension

May 26, 2011 -- Hypertension may be much more common than expected among young adults, researchers found.

In the NIH-funded National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), the prevalence of hypertension in 24- to 32-year-olds was 19% in 2008, according to Quynh Nguyen, MSPH, a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina's Gillings School of Global Public Health in Chapel Hill, and colleagues.

That compares with a rate of 4% among young adults participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) for a similar time period, the researchers reported online in Epidemiology.

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