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Antihypertensive and lipid lowering treatment in 70–74 year old individuals – predictors for treatment and blood-pressure control : a population based survey. The Hordaland Health Study (HUSK)

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dc.contributor.author Brekke, Mette
dc.contributor.author Hunskår, Steinar
dc.contributor.author Straand, Jørund
dc.date.accessioned 2006-11-24T16:29:41Z
dc.date.available 2006-11-24T16:29:41Z
dc.date.issued 2006-10-19
dc.identifier.citation BMC Geriatrics 6(16)
dc.identifier.issn 1471-2318
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2318-6-16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1956/1965
dc.description.abstract Background: In an elderly, community based population we aimed at investigating antihypertensive and lipid lowering medication use in relation to own and familiar cardiovascular morbidity and diabetes mellitus, as well as to lifestyle factors and general health. We also examined levels of blood pressure in untreated and treated residents, to investigate factors correlating with blood pressure control. Methods: A health survey carried out in 1997-9 in the county of Hordaland, Norway included a self-administered questionnaire mailed to 4 338 persons born in 1925-7. Drug use the day prior to filling in the questionnaire was reported. A health check-up was carried out, where their systolic and diastolic blood pressure (SBP and DBP), body mass index (BMI), and serum-cholesterol level were recorded. Results: One third of respondents used one or more antihypertensive drugs, while 13% of men and women were treated with a statin. Diabetes mellitus, own or relatives'cardiovascular disease, having quit smoking, physical inactivity, and overweight correlated with antihypertensive treatment. Mean blood pressure was lower in respondents not on treatment. Among those on treatment, 38% of men and 29% of women had reached a target BP-level of lower than 140/90 mm Hg. Own cardiovascular disease and a low BMI correlated with good BP-control. Conclusion: One third of 70–74 year old individuals living in the community used one or more antihypertensive drugs. Only around one third of those treated had reached a target BP-level of less than 140/90 mm Hg. Own cardiovascular disease and a low BMI correlated with good BP-control. en
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dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher BioMed Central en
dc.title Antihypertensive and lipid lowering treatment in 70–74 year old individuals – predictors for treatment and blood-pressure control : a population based survey. The Hordaland Health Study (HUSK) en
dc.type Journal article en
dc.type Peer reviewed en
dc.subject.nsi VDP::Medisinske Fag: 700::Helsefag: 800 en
bora.cristinID 374446


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