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Online ISSN 1827-1812
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.