Author in the Room: Risk Factors Associated with Incident Hypertension in Women

August 2009 Author in the Room® Teleconference
Author: John P. Forman, MD, MSc
Summary Points:
  • At an individual level, combining healthy lifestyle factors may substantially reduce the risk of developing hypertension; according to the findings of the study, women who followed 6 healthy factors had nearly an 80 percent reduction in risk.
  • At a population level, a large fraction of all new cases of hypertension could hypothetically be prevented if all individuals in the population followed combinations of healthy lifestyle factors; according to the findings of the study, this fraction may is 78 percent.
  • Given that hypertension is a leading cause of preventable death in the population, and given that the majority of hypertension may be preventable through lifestyle modification, efforts should be intensified to improve lifestyle as a means of improving public health.
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