Blood pressure control in italian essential hypertensives treated by general practitioners

Cristina Giannattasio, Matteo Cairo, Francesca Cesana, Marta Alloni, Paola Sormani, Giulia Colombo, Guido Grassi, Giuseppe Mancia

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Abstract

BackgroundAdequate control of blood pressure (BP) is limited worldwide. This has serious consequences for public health because in hypertensive patients, uncontrolled BP is associated with a higher incidence of cardiovascular events, particularly stroke. The aim of this study was to investigate BP control in a cohort of treated patients with diagnosed hypertension, who were under general practitioner care in Italy.MethodsData were collected by 2,643 physicians on 8,572 individual Italian patients. Office BP was measured 5 min after seating each patient and then 35 min later. For each patient, data such as medical history of patients, physical examination data, antihypertensive drug usage, and self-BP measurement frequency were obtained.ResultsMale prevalence was 48.4%, and mean age was 64.3 ± 10.5 years. Based on the second measurement, BP control (140/90 mm Hg) was observed in 33.5% of all patients (34.2% in men and 33.4% in women). BP control was much lower for systolic BP than for diastolic BP (35.9 vs. 61.3%, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1182-1187
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Hypertension
Volume25
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012

Keywords

  • blood pressure
  • cardiovascular risk
  • hypertension
  • medical practice
  • treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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    Giannattasio, C., Cairo, M., Cesana, F., Alloni, M., Sormani, P., Colombo, G., Grassi, G., & Mancia, G. (2012). Blood pressure control in italian essential hypertensives treated by general practitioners. American Journal of Hypertension, 25(11), 1182-1187. https://doi.org/10.1038/ajh.2012.108