Association of uncontrolled stage I hypertension and the incidence of myocardial infarction or stoke [i.e. stroke]

UNCW Author/Contributor (non-UNCW co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
John D. Beaver (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW )
Web Site: http://library.uncw.edu/
Advisor
RuthAnne Kuiper

Abstract: Myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke are two of the leading causes of death and disability among the populace of the United States. Hypertension is identified as a major risk factor in the development of both of these disease processes. The majority of people who suffer MI or stroke have a preexisting diagnosis of Stage I hypertension, defined as systolic blood pressure between 140 and 159mm/Hg or diastolic blood pressure between 90 and 99mm/Hg. Studies have shown that the incidence of hypertension is greatest among Americans aged 60 and older. Patients who receive home health services have been shown to have greater risk factors for uncontrolled hypertension than the general population. Many studies have been conducted that show direct correlations between both the degree of hypertension and the time of day hypertension is experienced and the incidence of MI and stroke. There are also studies available that present findings of the long-term affects of hypertension on the human body and the subsequent incidence of MI and stroke. There is a deficit in the literature, however, concerning the association of the length of time one experiences uncontrolled hypertension and his or her developing MI or stroke in the short term of two months or less. This study attempts to measure that association, and add data to the current literature as it relates to the monitoring of blood pressure and treatment of hypertension.

Additional Information

Publication
Thesis
A Thesis Submitted to the University of North Carolina Wilmington in Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science
Language: English
Date: 2009
Keywords
Cerebrovascular disease--Diagnosis--United States, Hypertension in old age, Myocardial infarction--Diagnosis--United States
Subjects
Hypertension in old age
Cerebrovascular disease -- Diagnosis -- United States
Myocardial infarction -- Diagnosis -- United States