The "Ashkelon" hypertension detection and follow-up program

J. R. Viskoper, G. Ginsburg, S. Sherf, S. Oren, L. Bregman, J. Mishal

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The program described aims at enhancing awareness of high blood pressure and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and promoting a healthy lifestyle. The study population consisted of 11,000 workers at worksites and visitors to community centers, aged 25-65 years. The program was carried out in cooperation with primary care clinics and non-pharmacological control of high blood pressure was by a community center for prevention of CVD. In 1980, 56.0% of hypertensives were unaware of their condition, while by 1988 this was reduced to 6.1%. Body weight reduction resulted in lowering of blood pressure which enabled cessation of all antihypertensive treatment in 25%. Deep muscle relaxation enabled cessation in 47%. The savings effected in terms of antihypertensive treatment outweight the total cost of the program 3-fold.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)531-533
Number of pages3
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 May 1990
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Medicine


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