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Strokes More Likely in Europe Than in U.S.

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MAYWOOD, Ill., Nov 24, 2003 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A new Loyola University study indicates strokes are twice as common among Europeans than among Americans.

Although 29 percent of Americans with high blood pressure have it controlled, less than 11 percent of Europeans do.

Researchers studied hypertension prevalence, treatment and control among the 35- to 64-year-old population of five European countries, Canada and the United States.

Researcher Dr. Richard Cooper, chairman of the school's department of preventive medicine and epidemiology said only 5 percent of people in Spain and 10 percent of people in England suffering from high blood pressure had it controlled.

Based on a threshold of 140/90 mm Hg, control rates were 5.5 percent in Sweden; 7.8 percent in Germany; 9 percent in Italy; and 17.2 percent in Canada.

The study will appear in the January issue of the American Heart Association's Hypertension: Journal.

Copyright 2003 by United Press International.

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