The coming epidemic: Hypertension in rural Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia

J. H. Young, P. Parler, B. Bristol, M. J. Klag

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Eastern Europe is experiencing an epidemic of cardiovascular disease far outpacing rates in Western Europe. This epidemic was heralded by a precipitous rise in hypertension prevalence. The former Soviet states of Central Asia may be facing a similar epidemic. In order to access this threat, we performed a retrospective analysis of data generated during humanitarian medical visits to two villages in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia. The age-adjusted prevalence of hypertension was 39%. Hypertension was much more common among men than women (46 vs 33%, respectively). In addition, the rise in blood pressure with age was striking, surpassing the experience in Western countries. This epidemic of hypertension may herald a coming epidemic of cardiovascular disease in Central Asia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-148
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Human Hypertension
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2005


  • Central Asia
  • Clinical Care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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