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Ma GX , Lee M , Bhimla A , Tan Y , Gadegbeku CA , Yeh MC , Aczon H
Risk Assessment and Prevention of Hypertension in Filipino Americans
J Community Health. 2017 Aug;42(4) :797-805
PMID: 28161775    PMCID: PMC5494270   
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Despite that Filipino Americans represent an important target group for hypertension, health behaviors associated with hypertension in this population have not been well studied. Two hundred Filipino Americans from eight community-based organizations completed the study. Information was collected to determine whether modifiable behavioral factors, as well as acculturation and demographic characteristics, were associated with hypertension status in Filipino Americans. Approximately 67% of Filipino Americans were hypertensive. Logistic regression analysis showed that adding salt, physical inactivity, and old age were significantly associated with hypertension status after controlling for other covariates. The present study confirmed a high rate of hypertension among Filipino Americans and demonstrates the association of hypertension status with behavioral factors. These findings highlight the need for targeted interventions to prevent and manage hypertension in this high-risk community by facilitating health behaviors, particularly, salt reduction and physical activity.
1573-3610 Ma, Grace X Lee, Minsun Bhimla, Aisha Tan, Yin Gadegbeku, Crystal A Yeh, Ming Chin Aczon, Hermie U54 CA153513/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States U58 DP005828/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States Journal Article Netherlands J Community Health. 2017 Aug;42(4):797-805. doi: 10.1007/s10900-017-0320-0.