At the beginning of this century, high blood pressure was virtually non-existent among the indigenous Kenyans.
This phenomenon of normotension continued until the Second World War following which the Kenyan African began to exhibit progressive rise in blood pressure which was age-related.
Similar changes were observed in Uganda at the same time.
From about 15 years ago, high blood pressure became established in Kenya and the neighbouring countries, in particular Uganda.
These trends have been observed in West Africa notably Ghana, Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire and also in Cameroon and Zaire in the Central African region.
Consumption of sodium salt and alcohol, psychological stress, obesity, physical inactivity and other dietary factors are thought to play important aetiologic role in the genesis of primary hypertension in the susceptible individuals.
Mots-clés Pascal : Epidémiologie, Appareil circulatoire pathologie, Kenya, Homme, Afrique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Epidemiology, Cardiovascular disease, Kenya, Human, Africa
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