Local February 1, 2012 | 9:25 am

Hypertension afflicts 41.0% of population, study

Santo Domingo. – Arterial hypertension afflicts a surprising 41 percent of the more than 5,000 people who took part in a study, which also found a striking similarity in the epidemiologic behavior of the affiliates of the state health risk administrators in the Subsidized and Contributing systems, regarding that ailment and diabetes.

The study by the Dominican Cardiology Institute and the societies of Cardiology and Endocrinology and sponsored by the National Health Insurance (SeNaSa) found that of the affiliates with arterial hypertension 38.7 percent are men and 32.8% are women. The study was conducted in the National District and the South, East and Cibao regions.

SeNaSa director Altagracia Guzmán said the state health risk administrator agreed to fund the research more than one year ago, to detect the main pathologies which afflict its affiliates, locate them and provide preventive treatment, which she affirms constitutes the best way to prevent their situation from deteriorating and becoming high cost patients.

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