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[Hungarian Hypertension Study - EMMA]

NAGY Viktor1, HORVÁTH J. Attila2, MOLNÁR Katalin3, BLASKÓ György2, DE Châtel Rudolf4

JANUARY 20, 2003

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2003;13(01)

[INTRODUCTION - Ischaemic heart disease and stroke show rapidly increasing incidence and lead mortality statistics in developed countries. Hypertension is the main risk factor for both diseases. With the support of Hungarian Society of Hypertension we performed a public opinion survey on hypertension and on the medicines of its treatment among Hungarian adults between October and December 2001. SUBJECTS AND METHODS - The Omnibus investigation using standardised questionnaires was carried out by monthly home interviews of 5000 participants. RESULTS - One aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of hypertension and the usage of drugs in the population over 35 years. Persistent high blood pressure had been diagnosed in 39% of these population (n=1360). When choosing drugs the lack of side effects is the most important characteristic beside efficacy in this age group. As the study results show, physicians consider regular blood pressure control and screening programs as most important factors for patients with hypertension. CONCLUSION - The results of EMMA study revealed habits and attitudes of regular drug intake. Results also outline the characteristics of the desirable drug that are best accepted by patients - drugs, which patients are faithful to.]


  1. Semmelweis Egyetem, Általános Orvostudományi Kar, II. Belgyógyászati Klinika, Budapest
  2. Sanofi-Synthelabo Rt.
  3. Gulden Communications
  4. Semmelweis Egyetem, Általános Orvostudományi Kar, I. Belgyógyászati Klinika



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