Hypertension screening in a dental surgery: a Hungarian study

E. Bandl, K. Boda, S. Sonkodi

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Blood pressure screening measurements were made on 1,004 consecutive patients attending a dental surgery in the city of Szeged. Twenty-four per cent of the adults were found to be hypertensive by WHO criteria (blood pressure>160/95 mmHg), of whom 35% were unaware of their disease. Forty-two per cent of those receiving antihypertensive drug treatment had inadequately controlled blood pressure. Thirty-seven per cent (217) of the women (total 597) used oral contraceptive pills, of whom 37% (85) had stopped taking them previously. The blood pressure was higher and hypertension was more frequent in 'pill' users. This phenomenon seems to be at least partially reversible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-257
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Human Hypertension
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1990


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  • Internal Medicine

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