Physicians assessment of traditional Cardiovascular risk factors in hypertensive patients attending Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH), Aba, Abia State, Nigeria

  • Uzor IE
  • Onwuchekwa UN
  • Nkpozi MO
Keywords: Cardiovascular risk factors; Assessment; Physicians; Tertiary Institution; Aba

Abstract

Purpose:

To evaluate doctors’ assessment of cardiovascular risk factors in hypertensive patients with the intent of improving intervention outcome.

Methods:

A retrospective review of 480 case notes of hypertensive patients seen at the medical clinic over a two-year period. Demographic characteristics, evaluation of cardiovascular risk factors and target organs, were assessed. Descriptive statistics was used to show the data distribution.

Results:

Evaluation of smoking history, family history of coronary event, obesity and blood sugar were done in 68.6%, 4.2%, 33.3%, 100% respectively. Lipid profile, renal function and electrocardiogram were evaluated in 59.8%, 82.4% and 90.2% respectively. Level of physical activity and microalbuminuria were not assessed.

Conclusion:

Evaluation for cardiovascular risk factors like obesity, physical activity level and microalbuminuria is poor in our hospital. We suggest creation of more awareness among physicians on cardiovascular risk evaluation.

Author Biographies

Uzor IE

MBBS, FWACP. Consultant cardiologist, Department of Medicine, Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, Abia State

Onwuchekwa UN

MBBS, FMCP.  Consultant Nephrologist, Department of medicine, Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, Abia State

Nkpozi MO

MBBS, FWACP.  Consultant   Endocrinologist, Department of Medicine. Abia state University Teaching Hospital, Aba, Abia State

Published
2021-03-12
Section
Articles

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