Hypertension in professionals working in prehospital care services

This study evaluated the prevalence of hypertension and related variables among 154 pre-hospital care service professionals, measuring for causal blood pressure and ambulatory blood pressure. The prevalence of hypertension by causal blood pressure measurement was 33.1% and ambulatory blood pressure was 26.6%. Hypertension was associated with (odds ratio=OR): a) causal blood pressure measurement, with HDL-c>40 mg/dL (OR=0.25); b) 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure with blood glucose levels > 110 mg /dL (OR=9.98), male gender (OR=2.71), rarely/never working tired (OR=0.19), and sometimes working tired (OR=0.17); c) daytime ambulatory blood pressure with glucose > 110 mg/dL (OR=11.18), male gender (OR=3.24), rarely/never working tired (OR=0.14), sometimes working tired (OR=0.16), body mass index (OR=1.10), rarely/never working tired (OR=0.14), and sometimes working tired (OR=0.16); and d) ambulatory blood pressure during sleep with daytime sleep (OR=0.14) and body mass index (OR=1.11). Hypertension prevalence was high and was associated with changeable cardiovascular risk factors.

Arterial hypertension; Prehospital care; Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring; Occupational health

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