Prevalence of comorbidity among people with hypertension: The Korea national health and nutrition examination survey 2007-2013

Juhwan Noh, Hyeon Chang Kim, Anna Shin, Hyungseon Yeom, Suk Yong Jang, Jung Hyun Lee, Changsoo Kim, Il Suh

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Background and Objectives: Joint National Committee guidelines attempt to vary treatment recommendations for patients based on considerations of their comorbidities. The aim of the present study is to estimate the age-standardized prevalence of common comorbidities among Korean hypertension patients. Subjects and Methods: We analyzed the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2007 to 2013. Among the 58423 participants, 30092 adults, aged ≥30 yrs who completed a health examination and interview survey, were selected. The survey procedures were used to estimate weighted prevalence and odds ratios for 8 comorbidities, including obesity, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, and thyroid disease. Results: Most chronic conditions were more prevalent in adults with hypertension than in those without hypertension. Common comorbidities were obesity (60.1%), dyslipidemia (57.6%), and impaired fasting glucose (45.1%). Hypertensive patients with two or more comorbid diseases were 42.2% and those with three or more diseases were 17.7%. The age-and sex-specific prevalence of three or more comorbid diseases among male hypertension patients was significantly higher than those patients in the 30-59 (p<0.05) age group. Conclusion: Comorbidity is highly prevalent in Korean patients with hypertension.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)672-680
Number of pages9
JournalKorean Circulation Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Sept

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© Copyright 2016 The Korean Society of Cardiology.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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