Published online Aug 26, 2013. doi: 10.13105/wjma.v1.i2.83
Revised: July 18, 2013
Accepted: August 4, 2013
Published online: August 26, 2013
Core tip: A meta-analysis of prevalence studies on hypertension in India from January 2000 to June 2012 reveals a high prevalence of hypertension in the urban (40.8%) as well as rural population (17.9%). The prevalence of hypertension is markedly higher in the urban population compared to the rural population, but the prevalence in the rural population is also a matter of concern with almost every fifth individual at risk. This is indicative of the epidemiological transition, which must raise an alarm for policy makers and health care professionals. Primordial and primary prevention of hypertension can bring about a substantial reduction in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality which occurs as a consequence of hypertension.