Clinical management of patients with hypertension and high cardiovascular risk in specialised centers and in general practice. Analysis from an Italian Survey Questionnaire

G. Tocci, F. Palano, A. Battistoni, B. Citoni, M. B. Musumeci, A. Ferrucci, C. Borghi, M. Volpe

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Abstract

Background and aim: Hypertension control remains poorly achieved worldwide, despite the use of modern diagnostic tools and advanced therapeutic strategies. We aimed to evaluate the preferences expressed by either specialised physicians (SPs) or general practitioners (GPs) for the clinical management of hypertension and high cardiovascular risk in Italy. Methods and Results: A predefined questionnaire was anonymously administered to a large community sample of physicians, stratified according to clinical expertise.From a total of 64 questions, 557 physicians (478 male, mean age 54.2±7.1 years, average age of medical activity 28.0±8.1 years), including 261 (46.9%) SPs and 296 (53.1%) GPs, provided 9564 answers to the survey questionnaire. Involved clinicians spent the majority of their time and practice for hypertension management and control. SPs aimed to achieve the recommended BP targets (

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)866-874
Number of pages9
JournalNutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases
Volume25
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2015

Keywords

  • Antihypertensive therapy
  • Blood pressure control
  • General practitioners
  • High cardiovascular risk
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertension survey
  • Specialised centers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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