Evaluation of arterial hypertension control and treatment in daily practice of family physicians
Material and methods. A total of 429 18–80-year-old patients with primary arterial hypertension treated for ≥1 year participated in this study. General practitioners collected data on patients’ demographic and clinical characteristics, current treatment for primary arterial hypertension, and treatment modifications.
Results. According to physicians, 45.4% of patients achieved target ABP levels. Adequately controlled ABP was documented more often in the group of low and moderate cardiovascular risk than in high- and very high-risk group (n=141, 62.9% versus n=54, 26.3%; P<0.0001). Based on ABP measurements, 160 (37.3%) patients had ABP of <140/90 mm Hg. The majority of patients were treated with a combination of two (n=153, 35.7%) to three (n=144, 33.6%) antihypertensive drugs. Patients with uncontrolled ABP more frequently than patients with controlled ABP were given combination therapy. Treatment was not modified in 37.8% (n=162) of patients, more commonly in those with controlled ABP.
Conclusions. The level of hypertension control in study population was far from optimal, especially in the group of patients at high- and very high-risk where target ABP was lower. Almost 12% of patients with uncontrolled ABP were still undergoing monotherapy, whereas 16% of patients were not recommended any modifications of antihypertensive treatment despite their ABP was not controlled.
Petrulionienė, Ž.; Apanavičienė, D.A. Evaluation of arterial hypertension control and treatment in daily practice of family physicians. Medicina 2010, 46, 657.
Petrulionienė Ž, Apanavičienė DA. Evaluation of arterial hypertension control and treatment in daily practice of family physicians. Medicina. 2010; 46(10):657.Chicago/Turabian Style
Petrulionienė, Žaneta; Apanavičienė, Daiva A. 2010. "Evaluation of arterial hypertension control and treatment in daily practice of family physicians." Medicina 46, no. 10: 657.