Hypertension in the National University of Distance Education’s personnel

  • Lourdes Arce Espinoza UNED, Costa Rica
  • Julián Monge-Nájera Universidad Estatal a Distancia, Costa Rica
Keywords: Hypertension, outpatient service, distance education, university personnel, Costa Rica

Abstract

The prevalence of Arterial Hypertension (AHT) has increased worldwide and preventive measures areinsufficient since only one third of the population is being treated. AHT is the primary cause of morbidity andmortality in the world. In this article is presented the first study on hypertension levels of personnel of aDistance Education university based on the analysis of all medical consultations in the Costa Rican StateUniversity for Distance Education (Universidad Estatal a Distancia-UNED) as of December 15, 2007 (1,526medical files). The population studied ranges from 20 to 70 years of age and is comprised of residents of theGreater Metropolitan Area (Costa Rica) with varied socioeconomic and academic levels. The StatgraphicsCenturion XV software and the chi-square test were used to analyze variables such as treatment administered,sex, age, and type of work. Only 45 patients knew that they suffered from hypertension prior to theirconsultation with the university medical service and 136 were treated with Enalapril and Hydrochlorothiazide.The number of hypertensive patients is higher among those who have worked at the institution for more than 20years, especially in those holding higher positions. No marked differences were found between men andwomen. It is concluded that the existence of a university medical service has permitted faculty and staff tosatisfactorily control their blood pressure.

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Author Biographies

Lourdes Arce Espinoza, UNED
Enfermera, Servicios Médicos
Julián Monge-Nájera, Universidad Estatal a Distancia
Investigador, Vicerrectoría Investigación

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Published
2009-07-31
How to Cite
Arce Espinoza, L., & Monge-Nájera, J. (2009). Hypertension in the National University of Distance Education’s personnel. MHSalud: Revista En Ciencias Del Movimiento Humano Y Salud, 6(1). https://doi.org/10.15359/mhs.6-1.1
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Scientific Articles