Study of Socio-demographic Profile & Prevalence Of Hypertension among Bank Employees in Bagalkot City

Sumalatha, Ashok Dorle, Wasim Anjum, Gagan
& Objective: Hypertension represents one of the most formidable dilemma, the world has faced in modern times. It is an ubiquitous disorder. Decreased physical activities coupled with increased mental tensions are contributors of hypertension. They are commonly seen amongst employees of the profession where working is sedentary and is accompanied by high level of mental stress. Bank employees fit in this picture and supported by the statistics available and the trend of hypertension, there is a
more » ... ension, there is a need for study regarding the prevalence of hypertension for bank employees in order to educate them about prevention and life style modification for hypertension. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among all the bank employees of Bagalkot city i.e, 678. Employees were interviewed using a structured, pre-tested questionnaire. Two Blood Pressure readings were recorded using mercury sphygmomanometer in the sitting position and the mean of two was considered for analysis. Data entry and analysis was done using SPSS 17. Results: The prevalence of hypertension was 49.4%. Increasing age, gender, marital status, designation, type of work, duration of work, known history of diabetes, family history of hypertension, extra fat intake, physical activity, tobacco smoking, alcohol consumption, BMI, high waist-hip ratio in males and mental stress were found to be significant risk factors of hypertension. The treatment compliance was 100% among bank employees.