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Prevalence of hypertension and its complications among medical admissions at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu (Study 2).
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PMID:  19485152     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the prevalence pattern of hypertension and its complications among medical admissions and compare the findings with those of a previous study conducted at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu. METHOD: A review of all the admissions into the medical wards of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, between December 1998 and November 2003, was done. RESULTS: Of the 7399 patients admitted during the period, 1360 (18.4%) had hypertension related diseases. These were 798 (58.7%) males and 562 (41.3%) females, giving a male: female ratio of 1.4:1. There was a progressive increase in the age-specific prevalence of hypertension cases with advancing age, but presenting with only 6 (0.4%) patients in the over 90 years age group. Hypertensive congestive heart failure accounted for 26.5% of the cases and 46.1% of the hypertensive complications. Myocardial infarction was documented in 7 patients. Hypertension with its complications, contributed more than two thirds (69.6%) of the cardiovascular system admissions. CONCLUSION: The prevalence of hypertension, with its complications, is increasing, when compared with a previous study. This calls for a multifaceted approach aimed at ensuring the achievement of better blood pressure control, so as to obviate the attendant complications.
S O Ike
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nigerian journal of medicine : journal of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1115-2613     ISO Abbreviation:  Niger J Med     Publication Date:    2009 Jan-Mar
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-02     Completed Date:  2009-06-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100888321     Medline TA:  Niger J Med     Country:  Nigeria    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  68-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu, Nigeria.
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MeSH Terms
Age Distribution
Age Factors
Cause of Death
Hospitals, Teaching / statistics & numerical data*
Hypertension / complications,  epidemiology*
Middle Aged
Nigeria / epidemiology
Patient Admission / statistics & numerical data*,  trends
Retrospective Studies
Risk Factors
Sex Distribution
Sex Factors

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