For the article by Bertoia et al, “Implications of New Hypertension Guidelines in the United States,” which published ahead of print on July 18, 2011, and appeared in the September 2011 issue of the journal (Hypertension. 2011;58:361–366; doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.111.175463), the authors discovered an error in the code for analyzing the data. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) medication data file had multiple observations per participant and was merged incorrectly with the demographic and other data files. Consequently, the sample size was twice as large as it should have been (24989 instead of 10198). Therefore, the corrected estimates of the total number of US adults with hypertension, uncontrolled hypertension, and so on, are significantly different and the percentages are slightly different.
For these reasons, Hypertension requested that the authors resubmit a corrected version of this manuscript. The new version went through the peer review process and was accepted for publication.
Because there were several changes due to the correction of the data and addition of data requested by the reviewers, the editors decided that retracting the original article was appropriate. The revised article is being published and the original article is being retracted.
The revised version of this article is available at http://hyper.ahajournals.org/lookup/doi/10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.112.193714.
The authors sincerely regret the incorrect merging of their data and the possible confusion that this has caused.
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