STUDY OF PREVALENCE AND MANAGEMENT OF HYPERTENSION IN OMANI POPULATION
Dr. Alka Ahuja*, Abeer Ahmed Al- Ansari and Sumaiya Anwar Al- Zadjali
Various studies have demonstrated that prevalence of hypertension in
Oman is higher than many other countries. In one such study it was
concluded that 23-27% of population might be suffering from
hypertension. The research was conducted in order to study the
prevalence and management of hypertension among Omani population
in Muscat region. The non-hospitalized patients aged between 18-85 years who visited the
Al-Mabelah health center, Al Khoudh health center and Alseeb polyclinics in Muscat were
selected for the study. Patients age, gender, type of hypertension, treatment and complications
associated were collected. The questionnaires were also distributed. The data was collected
over a period ranging from October 2013 until February 2014. It was observed that the
majority of people suffering from hypertension were males which might be due to
environmental and genetic factors. High prevalence was mainly among the older age group of
51-60 years. It was found that most of patients suffering from hypertension received
education at primary educational level. A family history was an important contributory factor.
Higher risk factors of having hypertension were stress and lack of exercise.
Keywords: Hypertension, Elderly patients, Genetic factors.
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