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GAZZETTA MEDICA ITALIANA ARCHIVIO PER LE SCIENZE MEDICHE
A Journal on Internal Medicine and Pharmacology
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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2001 October;160(4-5):149-54
Study of blood pressure in primary health care in Greece. Prevalence and control of hypertension
Skliros E. A. 2, Fili V. 1, Ktorou I. 1, Karachaliou E. 1, Papaioannou G. 1, Sotiropoulos A. 2
1 Università degli Studi - Creta, Centro Sanitario di Nemea;
2 Università degli Studi - Creta, Clinica di Medicina Sociale e Familiare
Background. The aim of this study is to assess the prevalence and the level of control of hypertension in a rural population of Greece. A cross- sectional survey has been carried out.
Methods. The survey included an interview and blood pressure measurement. Hypertension was defined as systolic BP≥ 140 mmHg, diastolic BP≥ 90 mmHg and/or under current treatment with antihypertensive drugs. A total of 347 inhabitans participated. The prevalence of hypertension was 43.5%.
Results. Among the subjects aged≥ 65, 58.6% had hypertensions, 49.1% were treated but not controlled and 11.7% were unaware of the diagnosis.
Conclusions. These results suggest that in the rural population hypertension is a common risk factor with considerable potential for improvement in levels of control.