A survey of blood pressure in the state of Maryland

George Entwisle, Jean C. Scott, Aristide Y. Apostolides, John Southard, Sol Su, Brenda Brandon, Sam Shapiro

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To provide baseline data for a state program to coordinate hypertension resources, a blood pressure (BP) survey was undertaken in Maryland in 1978. A statewide probability sample of households was chosen; each adult member was eligible for interview and measurement of BP. A total of 6,425 adults were interviewed for an overall response rate of 79.5%. Using a definition of diastolic blood pressure (DBP) of 95 mm Hg or higher or use of antihypertensive medication, 15.1% of state residents were estimated to be hypertensive. Of these, 85.8% were estimated to be aware of their condition, 77.6% of them were treated, and 67.6% had their BP controlled to a normal level by medication. Data are also presented using DBP 90 mm Hg or higher. A comparison of data from the Hypertension Detection and Follow-up Program (HDFP) home screen in 1973-1974 and comparable information from this survey showed lower rates of awareness, treatment, and BP control in hypertensives at HDFP home screen. Results of this survey will be compared with those of a second statewide survey conducted four years later to assess changes in rates of hypertension awareness, treatment, and control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)695-708
Number of pages14
JournalPreventive Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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