Dr. Anita M. S, Dr. Gajanan M. Jatti


BACKGROUND: Hypertension is a chronic condition of concern due to its role in a causation of coronary heart disease,
stroke and other vascular complications. It is one of the major risk factors for cardiovascular mortality, which accounts for
20-50 percent of all deaths. In India, the trend is increasing due to changes in lifestyle.
METHODOLOGY: The present study is a Descriptive study carried out among patients attending OPD of urban health centre. All (594) patients
with an age 20 years and above. were examined.
RESULTS: The prevalence of hypertension in urban area was 19.02%. Prevalence of hypertension was signicantly more in elderly peoples
(40.59%), class I socioeconomic status (42.86%), higher educational status i.e. Post- graduate (37.33%), widowed (34.34%), obese (39.24%)
CONCLUSIONS: The prevalence of hypertension is high in certain high risk groups which can be easily identied and preventive actions can be taken.


hypertension, urban area

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