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Revista Española de Salud Pública

versión impresa ISSN 1135-5727


VARA-GONZALEZ, Luis; MUNOZ CACHO, Pedro  y  SANZ DE CASTRO, Saturnino. Arterial Hypertension Prevalence, Detection, Treatment and Control in Cantabria, Spain, 2002. Rev. Esp. Salud Publica [online]. 2007, vol.81, n.2, pp.210-219. ISSN 1135-5727.

Background: Hypertension is a major cardiovascular risk factor. The aim of this study was to establish the prevalence of high blood pressure in a European region in Northern Spain (Cantabria), and also levels of detection, treatment, and control. Objetive: To estimate the cost of Tuberculosis cases detection in Habana Vieja municipality, in the year 2002. Methods: On a random multi-stage sample of 1197 individuals aged 18 or over, stratified by sex and age, blood pressure measurements were taken and other general data were collected from 2002 to 2004. Results: A prevalence of hypertension of 29% was found. The prevalence among males and females was similar, being 29% and 28%, respectively. Sixty five per cent of the hypertensive subjects were aware of their condition, 53% were undergoing treatment, and 22% presented readings below 140/90 mm Hg. Conclusions: Hypertension constitutes a public health problem in Cantabria, since it affects 1 in 3 of the adult population. Although levels of detection, treatment, and control are superior to those previously described in this region in 1989, the situation could clearly be improved.

Palabras clave : Hypertension; Cross-sectional studies; Epidemiology; Prevalence; Blood pressure; Detection; Treatment; Control; Antihypertensive drugs; Cantabria; Spain.

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