An observational study to evaluate the clinical practice of cardiovascular risk management among hypertensive patients in Turkey

Kozan Ö.

Turk Kardiyoloji Dernegi Arsivi, vol.39, no.6, pp.445-455, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 39 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.5543/tkda.2011.01592
  • Journal Name: Turk Kardiyoloji Dernegi Arsivi
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.445-455
  • Keywords: Cardiovascular diseases/prevention & control, Hypertension/therapy/ prevention & control, Patient compliance, Practice guidelines as topic, Risk assessment/methods
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Objectives: We evaluated clinical practice in cardiovascular risk management and related patient compliance among Turkish hypertensive patients. Study design: This noninterventional, observational study included 1023 patients (620 women, 403 men; mean age 58.4±10.6 years) with essential hypertension, from 50 centers across Turkey. Patients were evaluated at a cross-sectional phase and a follow-up phase of nine months. Data obtained at the cross-sectional phase included patient demographics, medical and past history, cardiovascular risk status, and current practice patterns regarding cardiovascular risk management. Results: The mean duration of hypertension was 8.1±7.1 years. The mean body mass index was 30.3±5.2 kg/m 2 and systolic and diastolic blood pressures (BP) were 147.8±22.4 and 88.9±12.5 mmHg, respectively. Ten-year coronary heart disease risk and risk level were significantly higher in males, and significantly increased in the presence of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and renal disease and/or microalbuminuria (p<0.05). In past year history of cardiovascular risk management, 7.3% of the patients did not have BP measurements; no diet was recommended to 15.6%; 79.3% had high BP levels, and patient compliance with antihypertensive drug treatment and dietary recommendations were 87.7% and 62.5%, respectively. A similar profile was observed for dyslipidemia and diabetes mellitus. The physicians' efforts to motivate the patients to quit smoking, to lose weight, and involve in physical exercise were far below satisfactory levels, and the patients' compliance rates with these recommendations were even lower. Conclusion: Our study demonstrates that hypertensive patients are not adequately evaluated for cardiovascular risk, which is significantly increased in the presence of various cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and renal disease. © 2011 Turkish Society of Cardiology.