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The prevalence, diagnosis, treatment, and control of hypercholesterolemia and/or hypertension were estimated for Thailand using data from a recent, nationally representative health examination survey. Multivariate logistic regression was used to assess factors associated with diagnosis, treatment, and control. In all, 14% of men and 17% of women had hypercholesterolemia, 23% and 21% had hypertension, and 5% and 6%, respectively, had both. A large proportion of individuals with these risk factors is neither diagnosed nor treated, let alone adequately controlled; 30% of people with hypertension had been diagnosed and 24% treated, and 9% had their blood pressure controlled. The figures for hypercholesterolemia were 13%, 9%, and 6%, respectively. Those for both risk factors combined were below 15% and did not differ by sex, urbanicity, age, or marital status. Among men, education correlated with diagnosis and treatment odds. There is great scope for improved prevention of cardiovascular disease in Thailand.

Original publication

DOI

10.1177/1010539510377651

Type

Journal article

Journal

Asia-Pacific journal of public health

Publication Date

01/2012

Volume

24

Pages

185 - 194

Addresses

Setting Priorities Using Information on Cost-Effectiveness Project, Ministry of Public Health, Nontaburi, Thailand. panarasik@yahoo.com

Keywords

Humans, Hypertension, Hypercholesterolemia, Health Surveys, Prevalence, Multivariate Analysis, Risk Factors, Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Middle Aged, Educational Status, Thailand, Female, Male, Young Adult