May Measurement Month 2019: An analysis of blood pressure screening results from Colombia

Patricio Lopez-Jaramillo, Jose P. Lopez-Lopez, Johanna Otero, Natalia Alarcon-Ariza, Margarita Mogollon-Zehr, Paul Anthony Camacho, Gregorio Sanchez, Claudia Narvaez, Maria Casanova, Edgar Arcos, Gustavo Aroca, Adalberto Quintero, Thomas Beaney, Giles Partington, Neil R. Poulter

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Abstract

Hypertension awareness and control is poor in low- and middle-income countries. Thus, implementing strategies to increase hypertension detection is needed. Colombia participated as one of the 92 countries involved in the third campaign of the May Measurement Month in 2019. Blood pressure (BP) was measured in 48 324 volunteers from 13 departments in Colombia. In total, 27.9% individuals were identified with hypertension. Of those with hypertension, 63.7% were aware of their condition, 60.0% were on antihypertensive medication, and 38.4% had controlled BP. These results showed low levels of awareness, treatment, and control of hypertension in this sample of subjects volunteered to participate, suggest the urgent necessity of implementing programmes to improve the diagnosis and management of hypertension in Colombia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)B46-B48
JournalEuropean Heart Journal, Supplement
Volume23
Issue numberSb
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Blood pressure
  • Control
  • Hypertension
  • Screening
  • Treatment

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