International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 5, Issue 1, Part D (2019)
Assessment of prevalence and knowledge of risk factors regarding hypertension among adolescents in selected schools at Puducherry
Children are vital to the nation’s present and its future. Pediatric hypertension is a new emerging issue and of great importance. Early detection of children at risk for hypertension is important factor to prevent the serious, long-term complications in the future. With rapid urbanization, bringing more lifestyle modifications, adolescents are exposed to multiple risk factors including obesity, dietary changes, academic stress, lack of physical activity apart from hereditary risk factors etc.
A Quantitative research approach and Descriptive Cross- Sectional design, convenient sampling technique was adopte. A total of 520 adolescents in the age group of 13 to 17 years were selected based on inclusion and exclusion criteria. Questionnnaire was administered to assess the knowledge level and Blood Pressure was monitored by using Standard Mercury Sphygmanometer. Descriptive and Inferential statistics was used to analyze the data. About 147(28.3%) were having normal state of Blood pressure, 201(38.7%) were in the Pre-hypertension stage, 158(30.4%) had stage 1 and 14(2.7%) had stage II Hypertension. The above table indicates that out of 520 samples, most of them 384 (73.8%) had inadequate knowledge on risk factors of hypertension.
How to cite this article:
D Vishnu Priya, P Sumathy, K Renuka. Assessment of prevalence and knowledge of risk factors regarding hypertension among adolescents in selected schools at Puducherry. Int J Appl Res 2019;5(1):222-224.