Suboptimal management status of younger hypertensive population in Korea

Hae Young Lee, Gyu Chul Oh, Il Suk Sohn, Sungha Park, Jinho Shin, Wook Bum Pyun, Myeong Chan Cho

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Background and Objectives: Hypertension (HTN) is the most contributable risk factor for cardiovascular disease. May Measurement Month (MMM) is a global initiative to raise awareness of HTN and act as a temporary solution to the lack of screening programs worldwide. Methods: An opportunistic cross-sectional survey of participants aged ≥18 was carried out in May 2019. Over 10,000 participants were recruited in the MMM 2019 Korea, with a slogan of "A simple measure to save lives. #checkyourpressure."Results: A total of 9,950 participants with valid clinical blood pressure (BP) data were used for analysis. All participants were Korean in ethnicity. The mean age was 57.2±21.2 years, 57.8% were females, and the mean body mass index was 23.4±3.3 kg/m2. Among the enrolled population, 20.1% were less than 30 years old, and 5.0% were 30.39 years old. 37.0% of the participants reported a previous diagnosis of HTN, and 91.3% of those diagnosed were on antihypertensive medications. Notably, more than 20% of the participants had not measured their BP during the last 12 months, and the awareness rate in the young hypertensive participants (aged <40) was less than 10%. Among hypertensive participants, the treatment rate was 69.3%, and the control rate among those taking medications was 61.2%. Conclusion: MMM 2019 Korea campaign reported high BP control rates in individuals with HTN, reaching 60%. However, the awareness rate in young hypertensive participants was less than 10% along with suboptimal management status. The MMM 2019 Korea again raised the importance of regular BP measurement in the younger population.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere67
JournalKorean Circulation Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2021

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  • Awareness
  • Hypertension
  • Therapeutics
  • Young adult


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