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Revista Colombiana de Cardiología

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ALVARADO, Camilo; MOLINA, Dora I; ZARATE, Alejandro  and  TORO, Esteban. EPRAS Study: population-based study of cardiovascular risk in a Colombian population. Rev. Colomb. Cardiol. [online]. 2014, vol.21, n.5, pp.284-293. ISSN 0120-5633.

Objectives: To describe the behavior of risk factors associated with hypertension, reported consumption of drugs and metabolic profile in a population of patients evaluated in the internal medicine department of the Hospital Departamental Felipe Suárez of Salamina (in Caldas, Colombia) during the period between October and December 2012. Materials and methods: We evaluated 400 patients with hypertension of the internal medicine department of the Hospital Departamental Felipe Suárez during the months of October, November and December 2012. Registration forms were applied and processed in descriptive form. Results: We found a prevalence of sedentarism of 43.7% and smoking of 9.3%. In 84.3% of hypertensive patients evaluated we found controlled blood pressure. 73.3% had poor control of LDL cholesterol levels. The diuretics were the group of anti hypertensive medication with the highest consumption (87.2%). Conclusions: primary prevention and control of cardiovascular risk factors should be turned into a priority, healthy public policy in the health system, which impacts the entire population, in order to decrease the rising prevalence of so-called large adult syndromes and those which are responsible for the higher rates associated with morbidity and mortality in the general population through promotion of healthy lifestyles, physical activity and early detection of risk factors.

Keywords : Hypertension; Smoking; Cardiovascular disease; Hypercholesterolemia; Sedentarism.

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