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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Valerie Steiner November 22, 2004

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Valerie Steiner November 22, 2004 ...

    UCLA CENTER FOR HEALTH POLICY RESEARCH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Valerie Steiner

    November 22, 2004 310-794-0930, vsteiner@ucla.edu

MORE THAN FOUR MILLION ADULTS IN CALIFORNIA DIAGNOSED WITH HIGH

    BLOOD PRESSURE AND AT INCREASED RISK OF STROKE, AND HEART AND

    KIDNEY FAILURE.

South Los Angeles, Compton, Lynwood and Paramount, and Lake Mendocino and Imperial

    Counties surpass the statewide average for high blood pressure or hypertension with almost

    one in every two adults diagnosed at some point in their lives with the “silent killer”. Marin

    County and LA West Service Planning Area 5 (SPA 5) that includes Santa Monica, Culver

    City and Ladera Heights have the lowest rates in the state.

Los Angeles, CA Nearly 40 percent of California adults age 45 and older reported being

    diagnosed with high blood pressure, according to a new report released by the UCLA Center for

    Health Policy Research. The report is a powerful tool for health advocates as it highlights

    variation of high blood pressure diagnosis across the state. “This is the first time we have examined hypertension rates at the sub-county level, and the findings are helpful in

    understanding the burden of the condition in local communities across California,” says brief

    lead author Carolyn A. Mendez-Luck, senior researcher at the Center.

Using data from the 2001 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2001), researchers

    examined high blood pressure rates by California counties, county-groups, Los Angeles Service

    Planning Areas, and Senate and Legislative districts. The report was funded by a grant from The

    California Endowment.

Half of the Los Angeles Service Planning Areas were at or above the statewide average. The

    highest rate was in Los Angeles SPA South that includes South Los Angeles and the cities of

    Compton, Lynwood and Paramount where 106,000 adults (48 percent) have been diagnosed with

    high blood pressure.

Findings indicate that California adults with high blood pressure reside in all areas of the state.

    LA SPA South had one of the largest groups but Lake-Mendocino County with 29,000 residents

    (47 percent) and Imperial County with 20,000 (47 percent) share the highest levels in the state.

    Almost one in every two adults age 45 or older has been diagnosed with high blood pressure at

    some point in their lives in these communities.

    10911 Weyburn Avenue, Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90024

    Phone: 310-794-0812 Fax: 310-794-2686 Email: chpr@ucla.edu Web Site: www.healthpolicy.ucla.edu

Page 2 Four Million Adults in California with High Blood Pressure

Other counties with high rates of hypertension include Merced with 28,000 (46 percent), Tulare

    with 48,000 (45 percent) and the Antelope Valley with 39,000 (45 percent). Counties with the

    lowest rates of hypertension include Marin with 29,000 (27 percent) and LA County SPA West

    communities reaching from Malibu to Westchester with 68,000 (30 percent).

Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to heart disease and stroke the first and third leading

    causes of death in California. Communities with large numbers of residents with high blood

    pressure face a major public health challenge. Education and lifestyle changes are only part of

    the solution. It also requires providing all residents with equitable access to early detection and

    treatment, specifically screening, medications and follow-up care. The serious challenge for

    communities is to find ways to provide adequate access to the medical care needed to control

    high blood pressure and the health problems that can result from poor management.

The California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) is a collaboration of the UCLA Center for

    Health Policy Research, the California Department of Health Services and the Public Health

    Institute. The California Department of Health Services, The California Endowment, the

    National Cancer Institute, the California Children and Families Commission, the Centers for

    Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Indian Health Service funded the survey.

    -UCLA-

    UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, 10911 Weyburn Avenue, Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90024

    Phone: 310-794-0812 Fax: 310-794-2686 Email: chpr@ucla.edu Web Site: www.healthpolicy.ucla.edu

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