A new study challenges received wisdom about the causes of high blood pressure. Central and eastern Europe have the highest rates for men, while the highest rates for women are in sub-Saharan Africa. Prevalence is lowest in rich Western and Asian countries, including South Korea, America and Canada. In only 36 countries high blood pressure is more common in women than in men. Nearly all of them are in Africa.

Source: Daily chart: The curious case of high blood pressure around the world | The Economist

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