Hypertension and nephrology

[Change in the approach of the treatment of hypertension in Hungary. Five years results of the „Live below 140/90!” Program]

KISS István1, PÁL László2, SCHANBERG Zsolt3, BARNA István4, ALFÖLDI Sándor5, FARSANG Csaba5, CHÁTEL de Rudolf4, KÉKES Ede6

APRIL 20, 2011

Hypertension and nephrology - 2011;15(02)

[One of the potentials of the effective fight against endemic diseases is their exposition and the recognition of their dangers and risk factors. The other possibility is to increase the professional knowledge of the medical and healthcare employees along with the patients’ co-operation. For the prevention of complications and the adequate treatment of hypertension an extensive compliance program, called „Live below 140/90!” was initiated by the Hungarian Society of Hypertension in 2005. The mission was to give knowledge to the non-professional public about the symptoms of the disease and how to get information about it while helping patients’ relatives. The first message was the “Hit the target blood pressure value!”. With careful planning, treatment and taking of medicines the next phase could begin. The ratio of the patients who reached the target blood pressure increased by 5% during the two years of the Program between 2005 and 2007 therefore the message changed to “Hold the blood pressure there!”. The next step in the Program was to prevent the forming of complications and to treat the co-morbidities effectively among patients with pre-diabetes or diabetes and hypertension in 2008. The slogan was “Prevent the complications!”. As part of the Program we organized a roadshow named the “Day of caring!” and we announced the “Conscious Care” substudy focused on the public summoning about the stroke which is the most dangerous complication of hypertension. The year of 2011 is an absolutely new beginning in the communication of the Program since we started to use some very modern tools of the 21st century including YouTube, Facebook and others for the better education of the people. Based on the results of the initial Program we got to know the risks, co-morbidities, complications and the characteristics of the Hungarian hypertensive patients. We have recognized that most of the patients belong to the high and very high risk hypertensive category. Also more than 30 percent of them have a pre-diabetes condition. We have found that increased caring helps to build up the patients’ co-operation which in return improves the decrease of their blood pressure significantly. The Program therefore continues in 2011! Our intention is to enlarge the Hungarian Hypertension Register database and to get to know more and more epidemiologic and therapeutic features of the hypertension disease.]


  1. Semmelweis Egyetem, ÁOK, II. sz. Belgyógyászati Klinika, Geriátriai Tanszéki Csoport és Dél-budai Nephrologiai Központ (Szent Imre Kórház, Hypertonia-Nephrologia Profil és B Braun Avitum Hungary Zrt., 1. sz. Dialízisközpont), Budapest
  2. Novartis Hungária Kft., Budapest
  3. Sandoz Hungária Kft., Budapest
  4. Semmelweis Egyetem, Általános Orvostudományi Kar, I. Sz. Belgyógyászati Klinika, Budapest
  5. Szent Imre Kórház, Kardiometabolikus Centrum, Budapest
  6. Óbudai Hypertonia Központ, Budapest



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