Sociodemographic Situation of Elderly Affected by Systemic Arterial Hypertension
Objective: To investigate the occurrence of systemic hypertension in elderly in Cajazeiras County - PB. Methodology: descriptive study, exploratory, cross-sectional, of quantitative approach. A random sample totaled in 348 elderly assisted by Family Health Strategy – FHS at Cajazeiras County - PB. For the analysis, it was used a statistical package, the Statistical Package for Social Sciences, descriptive simple statistics (frequency / percentage). Results: There was a high prevalence of hypertension (73.9%), there was a predominance of males (77.3%), higher incidence of hypertension among the elderly aged ≤ 71 (75.0%), live in rural areas (79.2%), live with his/her partner (77.4%) and income ≤ 1 minimum wage (76.1%). Conclusion: Health professionals, especially nurses, should understand the limitations and disabling aspects faced by the elderly, preventing proper treatment of hypertension and satisfactory lifestyle to disease prevention and health promotion, creating strategies to mitigate or remedy these difficulties.
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