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Cadernos Saúde Coletiva

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Abstract

MOROZ, Maisa Bastos; KLUTHCOVSKY, Ana Claudia Garabeli Cavalli  and  SCHAFRANSKI, Marcelo Derbli. Blood pressure control in hypertensive elderly women attended in a Family Health Unit and associated factors. Cad. saúde colet. [online]. 2016, vol.24, n.1, pp.111-117. ISSN 1414-462X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1414-462X201600010276.

Introduction

Hypertension is a chronic disease with high prevalence and low control rates. This study aimed to analyze the blood pressure control in hypertensive elderly followed up in a Family Health Unit and its associated factors.

Methods

Cross-sectional study, with patient records analysis of 190 hypertensive elderly women. Patients’ blood pressure was considered to be under control if lower than 140/90mmHg. For statistical analysis, we calculated the prevalence ratio and 95% confidence interval for controlled and not controled blood pressure, according to the association of some factors. Multivariate analyzes were conducted using logistic regression.

Results

Of the 190 patients followed up, 108 (56.8%) had controlled blood pressure. In logistic regression analysis, the variables of being older than 70 years (p = 0.03) and reside in the area furthest from the facility (p = 0.002) were associated with uncontrolled blood pressure.

Conclusion

Although the control rate in this population is high when compared with literature, measurements should be implemented to increase this rate and avoid future complications.

Keywords : hypertension; control; elderly; Health Centers.

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