Blood groups and hypertension

J. H. Medalie, C. Papier, U. Goldbourt, C. Levene, F. Dreyfuss, D. Oron, H. N. Neufeld, E. Riss

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The incidence of hypertension among Israel adult male government employees was compared by blood groups ABO, Rh, MN, Kell, Duffy and Kidd. Subjects belonging to group A1 were found to have an overall relative risk of developing hypertension of approximately 1.5 as compared to the O group, when controled for age and origin of birth. Departure from unity was significant at 0.025. The hypothesis presented is that subjects with blood type A1 (and perhaps even more so, A1Jka -) have a greater tendency to develop hypertension than those with other blood types. No conclusive associations can be drawn, however, until a more specific investigation is carried out controling for other factors which may play a role in the etiology of hypertension.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)989-997
Number of pages9
JournalIsrael Journal of Medical Sciences
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1973


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