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Health awareness and treatment compliance of high blood pressure among women in a peri-urban colony of Chandigarh, India.
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PMID:  10645694     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Health awareness is a central issue in the control of hypertension. In a cross-sectional survey among 1727 women of > 30 years, 2 blood pressure recordings were done in 1686 cases. The prevalence of hypertension was found to be 13.1% (221 out of 1686 cases). A random sub sample of 72 hypertensive women above 30 years of age from a peri-urban colony of Chandigarh was selected to find out health awareness and treatment compliance of hypertension. Sixty-three (87.5%) of the selected women were aware of their high blood pressure. However, only 12 women (16.7%) who were on treatment had achieved control of blood pressure (< 140/90 mm Hg). Main reasons for discontinuing the treatment were ignorance about the need of regular treatment (33.3%), high cost of medicines (19.44%) and non-availability of a family member who can go with the patient to hospital (9.72%). Twenty-six (36.1%) hypertensive women did not know the importance of weight reduction for controlling high blood pressure. Twenty-three (31.9%) hypertensive women were currently smoking. A comprehensive health education approach involving health care professionals, patients and general population should be launched to improve the care of hypertensives in the community.
K Thakur; P Malhotra; I Walia; R Kumar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Indian Medical Association     Volume:  97     ISSN:  0019-5847     ISO Abbreviation:  J Indian Med Assoc     Publication Date:  1999 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-02-04     Completed Date:  2000-02-04     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505608     Medline TA:  J Indian Med Assoc     Country:  INDIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  217-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Cross-Sectional Studies
Health Promotion*
Hypertension / epidemiology,  therapy*
India / epidemiology
Life Style
Patient Compliance*
Sex Factors
Smoking / epidemiology

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