The prevention and control of hypertension is an essential component for reducing the burden of cardiovascular diseases. Bank employees are at risk of CV diseases because of sedentary lifestyle. Aim of this study was determining of hypertension among this high risk group.Design and Method:
This was a cross sectional screening study in a representative sample of three main Banks in northern Iran. Subjects 30 year old and older were interviewed and examined by a trained research team. Blood samples were drawn for biochemical testing. Data analysis was done using SPSS 14 software and χ2 test.Results:
A total of 595 persons [526men (88.4%) and 69 women (11.6%)] aged 30 to 59 years with mean age of 43 ± 6.1 years were enrolled. prevalence of hypertension among this population was 14.5%. Overweight and obesity were prevalent in this group as 52% and 24.5% respectively. 12.9% was current smoker. There were significant differences between hypertension rate and BMI groups and diabetes (ρ<0.05) but no differences were seen between hypertension and dyslipidemia and cigarette smoking.Conclusions:
The present study showed high prevalence of hypertension in this population group. Aggressive management of this risk factor in concordance with other risk factors of cardiovascular events is highly recommended.