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Blood Pressure Awareness in Austria: Lessons From a 30 Years Horizon.
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PMID:  21293387     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BackgroundBlood pressure (BP) awareness is a main focus of public health efforts. In Austria, an increase of knowledge and perception regarding hypertension was seen after a nationwide educational campaign in 1978, but subsequent surveys documented only short-term impact. We report results of the latest survey in 2009 in comparison to 1978 and 1998.MethodsBalanced for Austrian demographic characteristics 1,005 men and women older than 15 years of age were randomly selected for face-to-face interviews about BP awareness, risk factors, and hazards of hypertension and treatment options including life-style interventions.ResultsOverall, 15% identified themselves as hypertensive, which is similar to results from 1978 (14%) but significantly higher than 1998 (12%; P < 0.01). The proportion of hypertensives not undertaking any measure (i.e., pharmacotherapy or life-style changes) significantly decreased since 1998 (5% vs. 10%; P < 0.0001). Thirty-three percent recalled to have measured their BP within the last 3 months, which is comparable to 1998 (34%) but lower than in 1978 (49%) after the nationwide educational BP campaign (P < 0.0001). Alarmingly, an unchanged proportion of 8% reported no BP measurement ever (1978 and 1998: 8%, respectively). Sixty-one percent believed they would be able to clearly identify symptoms of hypertension, while only 19% knew that hypertension might not be noticeable. Heart attack and stroke were considered the most common sequelae of hypertension.ConclusionDespite a high understanding of the risks of hypertension among the Austrian population, a widespread misconception regarding BP symptoms and infrequent personal checks are worrisome and might also be valid in other Western countries.American Journal of Hypertension (2011). doi:10.1038/ajh.2010.257.
Sabine Steiner; Thomas E Dorner; J George Fodor; Michael Kunze; Anita Rieder
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-2-03
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Title:  American journal of hypertension     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1879-1905     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
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Created Date:  2011-2-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8803676     Medline TA:  Am J Hypertens     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Internal Medicine II, Division of Angiology, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
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