Health Reports

A Canadian peer-reviewed journal of population health and health services research

February 2019

Risk factors for hypertension in Canada

by Alexander A. Leung, Tracey Bushnik, Deirdre Hennessy, Finlay A. McAlister, and Douglas G. Manuel

Hypertension (or high blood pressure) is a leading modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease and accounts for more than 10% of the population-attributable fraction (PAF) for mortality worldwide. Hypertension affects almost 1 in 4 Canadian adults, and the lifetime incidence of developing high blood pressure is estimated to be 90%.

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