Hypertension, with a global prevalence of 40%, is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases (CVD). The authors conducted an exploratory study in Zhejiang China to understand the prevention of CVD among hypertensive patients with a 10 year CVD risk of 20% or higher. They assessed current practices in a rural ‘township hospital’ (a primary care facility), and compared them with international evidence-based practice.
A questionnaire survey was conducted to examine the use of modern drugs (antihypertensive drugs, statins and aspirin) and traditional drugs, compliance to medications and lifestyle among 274 hypertensive patients aged 40-74, with a CVD risk of 20% or higher (using the Asian Equation).
This research is supported by the Department for International Development’s COMDIS–HSD Programme which is led by the University of Leeds
Guanyang Zou, Zhitong Zhang, John Walley et al. Use of medications and lifestyles of hypertensive patients with high risk of cardiovascular disease in rural China. Public Library of Science (PLOS) One 2015; 10(5): e0124484. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0124484
Use of medications and lifestyles of hypertensive patients with high risk of cardiovascular disease in rural China