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J Hypertens. 1998 Jun;16(6):747-52.

Blood pressure screening, management and control in England: results from the health survey for England 1994.

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Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London Medical School, UK. helen@public-health.ucl.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the current levels of awareness, treatment and control of hypertension in England and to determine the number and type of drugs prescribed.

DESIGN:

A cross-sectional household-based survey of English adults.

SUBJECTS:

A random sample from the adult English population of 12,116 adults who participated in the 1994 Health Survey for England.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Prevalences of treatment hypertension, awareness and control.

RESULTS:

Using a definition of hypertension as a systolic blood pressure > or = 160 mmHg or a diastolic blood pressure > or = 95 mmHg, or a patient's being administered antihypertensive treatment, the prevalence of awareness of hypertension was 63%. Among hypertensives, 50% were receiving treatment and 30% had their hypertension controlled (< 160 mmHg/95 mmHg). Awareness, treatment and control rates are considerably lower than the most recently reported rates from the USA. Diuretics and beta-blockers remain the most common antihypertensive agents used in England.

CONCLUSION:

There is considerable scope for improving the treatment and control of hypertension in the English adult population.

PMID:
9663914
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