The knowledge and awareness of hypertension among patients with hypertension in central Poland: a pilot registry.
We assessed the differences in the knowledge and level of awareness of hypertension among patients with hypertension from Central Poland; 248 (57.6% females) patients diagnosed with hypertension completed a questionnaire. Most (79%) of the patients were unaware of the optimal blood pressure (BP) range. The elderly patients did not know the symptoms of hypertension (23.7%), were not willing to make lifestyle changes (57%-65%), and had a poor awareness of hypertension therapy in the absence of symptoms (28.7%). Poor BP control occurred mainly in rural residents (10.7%) and in people with higher education (39.3%). Untreated patients with hypertension did not know the symptoms of hypertension (29.2%), rarely measured BP (37.5%), but were more likely to engage in regular physical activity (70.8%). Efforts should be made to improve knowledge of hypertension, especially among the rural population, the elderly patients, those with a low-education level, and in young males who had the highest BP.
Michalska, M; Rysz, J; Pencina, MJ; Zdrojewski, T; Banach, M
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