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Table 4 Summary table

From: Gender differences in hypertension awareness, antihypertensive use and blood pressure control in Bangladeshi adults: findings from a national cross-sectional survey

What is known about the topic What this study adds
• Low prevalence of treatment and high prevalence of uncontrolled hypertension in Bangladesh • Women who are hypertensive were more likely to receive treatment and more likely to have their BP controlled. • Residents in western or north-western part of Bangladesh were more likely to have uncontrolled hypertension • Sex-disaggregated analysis and reporting are important in recognizing existing inequity and unmet needs in hypertension management • Higher blood pressure check-up and hypertension awareness among Bangladeshi women did not translate into better antihypertensive medication practice compared to men. • Inequality in treatment affordability for expensive antihypertensive medications, especially for females not involved in any income generation or in the poorest/poorer wealth quintiles. • Bangladesh and other developing countries should design appropriate gender-specific public health intervention to promote hypertension awareness and treatment • Poor BP control in western and north-west geographical regions requires further scientific exploration