The impact of hypertension as human's age is debilitating and could affect any individual as they grow older. Hypertension is a silent killer that must be taken very seriously because it has claimed the life of 7.6 million people in 2005 worldwide. The purpose of this research study was to raise a global awareness and the characteristics of people who are more likely to have hypertension. Demographically, this research project focuses on those patients 60 years of age or older who are overweight, with an emphasis on the Black Community. The dataset used in this project was a cross-sectional, descriptive secondary data obtained from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS), part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP).
The results of the study for the hypothesis suggests that African Americans 60 years and older have a higher rate of hypertension compared with other races 60 years and older in the United States. Furthermore, the study also validates that there is a relationship between higher body mass index and hypertension. The higher body mass index a person has the greater their chances of having hypertension.
|Commitee:||Erlyana, Erlyana, Sinay, Tony|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Health Care Administration|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Aging, Public health, Health care management|
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