Prevalence of hypertension in a University Community in South West Nigeria

  • WO Erhun
  • G Olayiwola
  • EO Agbani
  • NS Omotoso


A worksite study of hypertension prevalence was carried out in a university community in Southwestern Nigeria. Overall crude prevalence was 21% in the respondent population. About 16% of these were already on treatment with medicines. The study established no significant (p>0.05) relationship between coffee consumption and hypertension. Prevalence was 32% in subjects with over 3 children, while among subjects with eye problem, diabetics and those who took local kola nuts and it was 18.6%, 1.9% and 7.4%, respectively. There is need for increased awareness of the disease and other cardiovascular risk factors within the populace and to encourage the possession or provision of self-measurement blood pressure devices.

Keywords: hypertension, prevalence, university population, Nigeria

African Journal of Biomedical Research Vol. 8(1) 2005: 15-19

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