Hypertension and its Relation with Waist to Hip Ratio in Women Referred to Bojnurd Urban Health Centers in 2014

Hossein Lashkardoost1, Fateme Hoseyni2, Elham Rabbani2, Farzane Q Moqadam2, Leila Hosseini3, Salimeh Azizi4, Andishe Hamedi4, *
1 Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, North Khorasan University of Medical Sciences, Iran
2 Department of Public Health, North Khorasan University of Medical Sciences, Iran
3 Department of Cardiology, North Khorasan University of Medical Sciences, Iran
4 Department of Nursing, North Khorasan University of Medical Sciences, Iran

© 2019 Lashkardoost et al.

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North Khorasan province has one of the highest rates of hypertension. One of the main causes of hypertension is obesity. Obesity is one of the most important public health problems around the world as a risk factor for non-communicable diseases. Since a similar study was not conducted in Bojnurd, we examined the relationship between waist to hip ratio with hypertension.


The present cross-sectional study was conducted on women referring to Bojnurd health centers. To analyze the data, we used t-test, chi-square, multiple logistic regression and Pearson correlation in Stata 12 software.


In this cross-sectional study, the prevalence of systolic blood pressure was 14.78% and diastolic blood pressure was 15.65%. So waist to the hips showed the highest correlation with the changes in hypertension.


There are significant relationships between the age and the number of pregnancies with the risk of hypertension. Since a significant percentage of people are unaware of the existence of hypertension, changing diet and having regular physical activity along with social support is an important strategy.

Keywords: Hypertension, Waist circumference, Waist to hip ratio, Obesity, Waist to height ratio, BMI.