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Indices of hypertension remain stable in Brazil in the last seven years

"Although it was recorded a difference of 22.5% to 24.6% between 2006 and 2012, statistically, it is irrelevant"

 
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The numbers of hypertension remained stable in Brazil for the past seven years. The information is part of the research Surveillance of Risk and Protective Factors for Chronic Diseases Telephone Survey (Vigitel 2012), released on Tuesday (5) by the Ministry of Health

"Although it was recorded a difference of 22.5% to 24.6% between 2006 and 2012, from a statistical standpoint, it is irrelevant, said Deborah Malta, director of Situation Analysis in Health, the Ministry of Health

According to the results of the survey which interviewed 45,000 people aged over 18 in 26 brasieliras capitals and the Federal District, the rate of hypertension remained stable over the last seven years of research. The Vigitel 2012 indicates that the higher the education, the lower the rate of hypertensive patients. Among those who have up to eight years of formal education, 37.8% suffer from hypertension. In relation to those with 12 or more years of education, 14.2% were hypertensive.

More common among women (26.9%) than among men (21.3%), hypertension increases as age increases. In the age group 18-24 years, only 3.8% have hypertension. Among those over 65, 59.2% say they are hypertensive.

Although there has been no major change in disease incidence, data from the National Health System (SUS) indicate that the number of people who needed to be admitted to the public due to complications of hypertension fell 25% in two years. In 2010, the NHS recorded 155,000 admissions, while in 2012 were 115,000.

The growth of access to free medication for hypertension through the Popular Pharmacy Program is appointed by the Health Minister, Alexandre Padilha, as a decisive factor for the reduction in hospitalizations. He cites adopting healthy eating habits, reducing salt intake and physical exercise.

Access to medicine grew seven times in two years. We know that with regard to admission, access to medical care and medication is crucial to reduce hospitalization. And healthy habits, how to expand physical activity, has a very important role in preventing crucial, Debora completed.

The survey data indicate that the capital by Rio de Janeiro (29.7%) has the largest rates of hypertension. According to the minister Padilha, the reason could be the high concentration of elderly population. Boa Vista (16.6%) is the capital less hypertensive, which is also motivated by characteristic age of the population, which is younger.

Source: Isaude.net
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