North Karelia (Finland) hypertension detection project. Five-year follow-up of hypertensive cohort.
A 5-year follow-up study of a random sample of middle-aged hypertensives indicated that the North Karelia (Finland) Hypertension Detection Project was effective in reducing blood pressure levels. This analysis indicated that the intensification of drug treatment caused marked blood pressure reduction in the community, especially among individuals with previously undetected cases of hypertension. Reduction of blood pressure levels among nontreated persons was observed in this study and may reflect in part the importance of both active case finding and follow-up including health education and preventive services. The community approach used in this study reached and brought under control most of those people who were undetected at the beginning of the study and most of the hypertensives. On the basis of the results, it is concluded that a well-organized hypertension control program can meet the challenge of hypertension care and benefit millions of people throughout the world.
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