Hypertension and nephrology

[The CARDI-COG Study]

POÓR Ferenc

SEPTEMBER 10, 2016

Hypertension and nephrology - 2016;20(04)

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[Letter to our Readers]

KÉKES Ede, KISS István

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[Around authors of the literature data and our own experience of the relationship between hypertension and cognitive function. The age progresses, more and more of the dysfunction and vascular dementia. This plays a significant role in hypertension. Simple methods, tests you should regard the practice and also check this function, considering that the aging population is an unstoppable process. The effective antihypertensive treatment, blood pressure variability reduction positively affected by the deterioration of the cognitive function, especially if treatment is started as soon as possible.]

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[Prevalence of overweight and obesity in hypertensive patients]

KISS István, PAKSY András, KÉKES Ede

[Authors had performed an anthropometric analysis using a database of 2011-2013 of Hungarian Hypertension Register. They analyzed overweight and obesity in relation of age. The results were compared with similar analysis conducted in the total population 2015. They analyzed the prevalence of visceral obesity as well using the waist circumference measurement categories and these were also compared with screening data of total population. The prevalence of overweight and obesity was very high in both genders, co-occurrences exceeded 70% between 45-70 years. The prevalence was significantly higher in hypertensives, than in the total population. The prevalence of visceral obesity measured by waist circumference was also high, especially in women whose reached 50% of cases. They observed a significant difference between hypertensive and total populations In category „danger” of visceral obesity]

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[Therapy resistant hypertension in clinical practice]

FEJES Imola, ÁBRAHÁM György, LÉGRÁDY Péter

[Around 57% of Hungarian hypertensive patients did not reach the goal blood pressure. According to a paper in 2011, the prevalence of resistant hypertension is 2.9-43%. Analyzing only the therapy of hypertensive patients of an Hypertension Outpatient Clinic of the University of Szeged authors wanted to answer these main questions. How many patients were therapeutically resistant by definition? How many patients were taking 3 or more antihypertensive drugs? How many of these patients reached the goal systolis blood pressure values? How many fold drug combinations were used generally? Data were retrospectively collected from 01/01/2011 to 31/08/2011 from the electronic files of the hypertensive patients. Altogether 310 patients’ data were analyzed, of all cases only one visit. If someone returned more times during this period, only the first visit was considered. Means of two measurements were calculated. The goal SBP was 140/ mm Hg. By the definition 234/310 (76%) patients had resistant hypertension in this population (158±17/97±8 mm Hg). Three or more antihypertensive drugs were taken by 257/310 (83%) patients (136±20 mm Hg) and 134 of them (52% of 257 patients) reached the goal. A fourfold combination of antihypertensive agents was the most frequent in this population. It is advised to use multiple drug combinations to reach the goal blood pressure and it is recommended to spend enough but not longer than necessary time to find the most effective combination in every case. In resistant cases it is always necessary to investigate the background of it.]

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[The comparative analysis of quality of life in the european countries]

REKETTYE Gábor, KÉKES Ede

[The well-being of the citizens is a determining factor of the social development in every country. The well-being is expressed in the notion of quality of life. Quality of life consists of lots of components and it is more than just being healthy, so its terrain extends far beyond the medicine. Based on a comprehensive research carried out by Eurostat the statistical office of the European Union the study intends to report about the components of the quality of life and about the findings of the survey made with the aim to map the opinions and views of the citizens about it in the different European countries. The paper deals with the relations among these components and with the comparison of the views of the countries.]

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