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Racial and Ethnic Subgroup Disparities in Hypertension Prevalence, New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2013–2014


Prevalence of hypertension increases monotonically as body mass increased among non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks, and Hispanics, but not among Asians. We found a similar pattern in Hispanic subgroups and East/Southeast Asians. Because of a small number of South Asians in overweight and obese categories, we were not able to generate reliable estimates.

Figure. Prevalence of age standardized hypertension by major racial/ethnic group, Hispanic and Asian subgroups, and body mass index, New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2013–2014. Relative standard errors for estimates were <30% for all races and ethnicities, except normal/underweight Dominicans (33%). We could not produce reliable estimates for South Asians in the overweight and obese categories, so no bars appear for those categories.

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