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Hypertension affects approximately 22 percent of the world population. It tends to be slightly higher in men than women and is more frequent in low socioeconomic venues.

By Location and Gender

The continent of Africa has the most incidence of this condition, and rates are low in India. Per capita, 72.5 percent of women in Poland are hypertensive, and 68.9 percent of men. 

In Europe, up to 45 percent of the population has high blood pressure. In the U.S., the numbers are lower, but treatment is more common in this country than in poorer areas.

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