IJCRR - 5(17), September, 2013
A STUDY OF PREVALENCE OF HYPERTENSION AMONG BUS DRIVERS IN BANGALORE CITY
Author: Satheesh B. C., Veena R. M.
Background: Growing evidence suggests that hypertension is an important public health problem worldwide that constitutes the basis for the cardiovascular disease epidemic. Hypertension has become significant major health problem because of the major changes in the lifestyles, aging population, urbanization and socioeconomic changes. The percentage increases when selected occupational groups are screened. Transport drivers are one such group of people who are at risk of developing hypertension due to nature of their profession. The related impacts are not only harmful for driver’s health, but also may endanger others. Very few studies in this regard prompted to take up the present study. Objectives: To study the prevalence of hypertension among the city bus drivers and study its association with certain risk factors. Methods: A structured personal interview using questionnaire and physical examination which includes height weight and blood pressure recordings were done in 500 bus drivers who were enrolled to this cross sectional study Results: The prevalence of hypertension among the bus drivers was 16% (80/500). A significant positive correlation was seen between hypertension and increasing age, tobacco chewing and BMI. However, in this study hypertension was not found to be significantly associated with smoking, alcohol consumption, diet and salt intake. Conclusion: Considering the high prevalence of hypertension in bus drivers and its association with risk factors, necessary education programme to raise the awareness has to be conducted. The findings of this study should be reconfirmed by other large scale studies to identify the role of known and unknown factors in hypertension in this community.
Keywords: Prevalence, Hypertension, Bus drivers
Satheesh B. C., Veena R. M.. A STUDY OF PREVALENCE OF HYPERTENSION AMONG BUS DRIVERS IN BANGALORE CITY International Journal of Current Research and Review. 5(17), September, 90-94
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