2017-03-20Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.17886/RKI-GBE-2017-016
12-Month prevalence of hypertension in Germany
Hypertension is among the most important risk factors for cardiovascular diseases and therefore a significant determinant of the most frequent causes of death in adults. According to the GEDA 2014/2015-EHIS survey nearly one in three adults in Germany have self-reported physician-diagnosed hypertension. Men are affected more in the age group of under 65 year olds. Nearly two thirds of all men and women aged 65 and over have hypertension. An educational gradient is particularly evident among women, with a higher prevalence of self-reported hypertension among women with low levels of education. Compared to the German average, prevalence of self-reported hypertension among men is higher in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Saxony-Anhalt and among women in all East German federal states with the exception of Berlin. Only in Bremen is the prevalence among men lower than the national average.
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