Prevalence of Risk Factors in Patients Consulting During the “Cardiovascular Prevention Week” in a University Hospital

Ignacio Davolos, Diego Costa, Mirta D. Lobianco, Carolina La Mura, Claudio H. Dominguez, Sara C. Berensztein


Introduction: Despite pharmacological and non-pharmacological measures, the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors (CRFs)continues to increase.Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the level of cardiovascular risk in the population usually consulting at the Divisionof Cardiology of Hospital de Clínicas José de San Martín, in order to carry out a sampling of reliable epidemiological data.Methods: This is a descriptive, comparative, cross-sectional study of consecutive individuals who spontaneously consultedduring the “Cardiovascular Prevention Week” in September 2015.Results: A total of 497 individuals were included in the study. There was high prevalence of CRFs, with poor achievement ofblood pressure, blood glucose and total cholesterol goals. Overweight revealed alarming rates. The prevalence of subclinicalatheromatosis was proportional to the individual cardiovascular risk.Conclusions: The data collected suggest the need for cardiology areas of primary cardiovascular prevention, with objectivesfocused on the estimation of cardiovascular risk and patient adherence through education.

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