May Measurement Month 2017: an analysis of blood pressure screening results in Colombia - Americas

Patricio López-Jaramillo, Johanna Otero, Sandra Milena Rueda-Quijano, Paul Anthony Camacho, Juan José Rey, Gregorio Sánchez, Claudia Narváez, José Luis Accini, Edgar Arcos, Henry García, Maritza Pérez, Gustavo Aroca, Thomas Beaney, Elsa Kobeissi, Neil R. Poulter

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Abstract

Despite the availability of efficient methods to evaluate blood pressure (BP) and of safe and efficient medication to treat and control hypertension, the levels of awareness, treatment and control are very low globally, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. To highlight the importance of improving these rates, the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) endorsed by the World Hypertension League have implemented the May Measurement Month initiative. We present here the results obtained in Colombia. The Fundación Oftalmológica de Santander (FOSCAL) led the implementation of this strategy in Colombia and 11 departments participated. The data collection followed the guidelines of the ISH. The information collected was compiled for the report generation and the submission to the Technical Secretariat of the ISH. Data cleaning was performed locally by FOSCAL. Data were collated and analysed centrally. A total of 22 258 participants (58.8% female) were included in the analysis. Mean age was 40.9 ± 17.7 years. Age and sex-standardized BP excluding participants receiving BP medications was 118/74.3 mmHg, and in those on treatment 125/78 mmHg. High BP was present in 5036 (22.8%) individuals, 1637 of 18 644 (8.8%) who were not receiving anti-hypertensive medications were hypertensive, and 961 of 3359 (28.6%) receiving treatment were not controlled. These results highlight the need to develop innovative promotion strategies at individual and population levels to increase the awareness of the importance of BP, and the consequences of not having well-controlled hypertension. This initiative is an effective and easy to implement strategy that should be maintained in the coming years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)D40-D43
JournalEuropean Heart Journal, Supplement
Volume21
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2019

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