The prevalence of high blood pressure amongst the University of Venda academic staff, South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Tshitangano. T. G.
dc.contributor.advisor Mabunda, J. T.
dc.contributor.author Madzaga, Thizwilondi
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-11T11:59:52Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-11T11:59:52Z
dc.date.issued 2017-05-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11602/700
dc.description MPH
dc.description Department of Public Health
dc.description.abstract High blood pressure is a global public health problem. High blood pressure shows no signs or symptoms and it can only be detected through BP measurements by a health professionals. It’s a chronic condition which requires long term management. Poor control of high blood pressure can lead to complications and even death. The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of high blood pressure among University of Venda academic staff. UNIVEN is situated in Thohoyandou, Vhembe District in Limpopo. A cross-sectional design was used. A modified WHO stepwise questionnaire for non-communicable diseases version 3.1 was used to collect data regarding demographic characteristics, BP status, and stress and lifestyle characteristics. Charts and graphs were used to present the results of the study. The Statistical Package of Social Sciences was used to analyse data. The Chi-square test was used to determine the association between blood pressure and risk factors. A total of 179 respondents were selected, their ages of were ranged from 22 to 68 years. Their blood pressure, weight and height of the participants were also measured. The prevalence of high blood pressure was 20%, while 46% were on prehypertension stage and about 34% had a normal BP. About 23% had been previously diagnosed with HBP, while about 90% were on treatment for high blood pressure. Only 13% had their BP under control. The prevalence of high blood pressure was associated with gender, family history, vegetable intake and diabetes. Department of Sports need to introduce sports among academic staff as a way of prevention and management of high blood pressure. en_US
dc.format.extent x, 85 leaves : color illustrations)
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights University of Venda
dc.subject Academic staff en_US
dc.subject Awareness en_US
dc.subject High blood pressure en_US
dc.subject Prevalence en_US
dc.subject Treatment en_US
dc.subject.ddc 616.1320968
dc.subject.lcsh Hypertension -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Blood circulation disorders -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.title The prevalence of high blood pressure amongst the University of Venda academic staff, South Africa en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US

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