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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 45-47

Prevalence of hypertension and its risk factors in a tea garden community of Dibrugarh district, Assam


1 Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh, Assam, India
2 Principal and Dean, Khaza Bandanawaz Institute of Medical Sciences, Gulbarga, Karnataka, India
3 Assistant Professor, Medicine, Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh, Assam, India
4 Professor, Community Medicine, Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh, Assam, India

Correspondence Address:
T G Mahanta
Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh, Assam
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A cross-sectional study was conducted during August 2003- July 2004 to assess the prevalence of hypertension among a tea garden population in a district of Assam and to ascertain the identified risk factors. 510 labourers aged 20-59 years were studied. Overall prevalence of hypertension was 33.3% with no significant sex difference. 30.2 % had history of smoking and 76.7% of tobacco chewing; 78.4% consumed alcohol (regular and occasional), 5.7% were overweight and 14.3% underweight. Waist hip ratio was normal in 89.2% subjects. The association between increasing age and hypertension could be established in univariate analysis. On multiple logistic regression analysis regular alcohol intake was also found to be significantly associated factor with hypertension.


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