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Blood pressure control in patients with a previous stroke/transient ischaemic attack in primary care in Ireland: a cross sectional study

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dc.contributor.author Doogue, Róisín
dc.contributor.author McCann, David
dc.contributor.author Fitzgerald, Noirin
dc.contributor.author Murphy, Andrew W.
dc.contributor.author Glynn, Liam G.
dc.contributor.author Hayes, Peter
dc.date.accessioned 2020-07-14T09:54:48Z
dc.date.available 2020-07-14T09:54:48Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/9000
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Uncontrolled blood pressure (BP) is an important modifiable risk factor for recurrent stroke. Secondary prevention measures when implemented can reduce stroke re-occurrence by 80%. However, hypertension control rates remain sub-optimal, and little data is available from primary care where most management occurs. The aim of this study was to describe BP control in primary care-based patients with a previous stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA) in Ireland, and to concurrently examine antihypertensive medication-dosing. Methods: Study participants most recent office-based BP reading was compared with the NICE (NG136) and European Society of Hypertension/ European Society of Cardiology (ESH/ESC 2013) goal of BP < 140/90 mmHg. Optimal anti-hypertensive medication dosing was determined by benchmarking prescribed doses for each drug with the World Health Organisation-Defined Daily Dosing (WHO-DDD) recommendations. Results: We identified 328 patients with a previous stroke or TIA in 10 practices. Blood pressure was controlled in almost two thirds of patients when measured against the ESH/ESC and NICE guidelines (63.1%, n = 207). Of those with BP ≥140/90 (n = 116), just under half (n = 44, 47.3%) were adequately dosed in all anti-hypertensive medications when compared with the WHO-DDD recommendations. Conclusion: Blood pressure control in patients post stroke/TIA appears sub-optimal in over one third of patients. A comparison of drug doses with WHO-DDD recommendations suggests that 47% of patients may benefit from drug-dose improvements. Further work is required to assess how best to manage blood pressure in patients with a previous stroke or TIA in Primary Care, as most consultations for hypertension take place in this setting. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher BMC en_US
dc.relation SS-2019-01 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries BMC Family Practice;21,139
dc.subject Blood pressure guidelines en_US
dc.subject Dosing en_US
dc.subject Hypertension en_US
dc.subject Prevalence en_US
dc.title Blood pressure control in patients with a previous stroke/transient ischaemic attack in primary care in Ireland: a cross sectional study en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1186/s12875-020-01211-z
dc.contributor.sponsor HRB en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2963334


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