Community medicine in the primary health sector. II. The distribution of blood-pressure as a risk factor, a community diagnosis

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H. Saelan, A. Krasnik, R. Kempinski

A total of 10,202 individuals between 16 and 60 were investigated. In this manner, the material could be subdivided into a risk population consisting of the individuals who already were receiving anti-hypertensive treatment and those individuals in whom three blood-pressure measurements either revealed a systolic blood-pressure of more than or equal to 160 mm Hg or a diastolic pressure more than or equal to 95 mm Hg. Thereafter, the risk population was included in an intervention programme. The median blood-pressure for all persons investigated was 128 mm Hg. The median diastolic blood-pressure was 80 mm Hg. 1.9% of the individuals investigated were already receiving anti-hypertensive therapy and 2.5% of those examined had blood-pressures over the limits stated on all three measurements. The risk population thus consisted of 4,4% of all the persons investigated. Increasing systolic and diastolic blood-pressures were found with increasing age in both sexes. In the younger age-groups, however, the blood-pressures were higher for men than for women, whereas conditions were reversed in the older age-groups. No definite correlation was found between the blood-pressure level and the occupation or the composition of the household.

Original languageEnglish
JournalUgeskrift for Laeger
Volume141
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)45-51
Number of pages7
ISSN0041-5782
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1979

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