Blood pressure of Yemenites in Israel similar to that of other Israelis

M. Weingarten, R. Rosenberg

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Abstract

Studies of Yemenite immigrants shortly after their arrival in Israel reported markedly low blood pressures. A community survey was conducted in the town with the most Yemenite immigrants, 40 years after their immigration. Blood pressures were measured by family practice physicians in the course of their routine clinical work. The averages of 3432 measurements recorded in 4955 adults were the same as those reported in studies of other Israeli populations for all age groups, except in women over the age of 60, in whom it was low. Pressures rose with age from 20 to 65 years, falling off slightly in the oldest age groups. The distribution curve was positively skewed, with a tail of higher values. Hypertension was diagnosed in 153, and elevated blood pressure, not confirmed as hypertension, was recorded in an additional 226. Except in older women, the clinical epidemiology of blood pressure in Yemenites in Israel is indistinguishable today from that of the general population.

Original languageHebrew
Pages (from-to)353-356
Number of pages4
JournalHarefuah
Volume117
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1989

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