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Prevalence of Cardiovascular Diseases Among the National Minorities of China

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George Washington University Medical Center; Washington, D. C.

Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(4):562-563. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-101-4-562
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Heart disease is a major health problem in modern China, second only to cancer. The prevalence of various heart diseases do differ, however, among racial groups and in various regions, especially in Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia, which I visited in 1983.

For example, the prevalence of hypertension in general is on the increase in China due to increased salt consumption (1). The per capita salt consumption today ranges between 11 and 24 g/d, as estimated from excretion studies on a national sample of 3000 persons from 14 locations (2), in contrast to the best estimates of salt consumption in the


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