The knowledge and awareness of hypertension among patients with hypertension in central Poland: a pilot registry.

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Journal Article

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Michalska, M; Rysz, J; Pencina, MJ; Zdrojewski, T; Banach, M

Published Date

  • July 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 65 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 525 - 532

PubMed ID

  • 23650646

Pubmed Central ID

  • 23650646

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1940-1574

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-3197

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0003319713489166

Language

  • eng