Objectives: To find the prevalence of prehypertension and hypertension in rural Bareilly.
Methods: The cross-sectional study involved a survey of 504 individuals residing in rural areas of District Bareilly. A structured pretested schedule was used to collect data regarding demographic characteristics and blood pressure pattern. Chi- square test and ANOVA were used to analyze data.
Results: The prevalence of prehypertension and hypertension was found to be 27.2% and 27.4% respectively. The proportion of hypertension showed an increasing trend with age. The mean systolic as well as diastolic blood pressure patterns were found to be higher with the increase in age. Insignificant differences were found with gender and religion.
Conclusion: The prevalence of prehypertension and hypertension was found to be high in rural Bareilly. Early detection of hypertension can be facilitated by periodic screening of the people regularly.
Prevalence, Pre hypertension, Hypertension, rural study, screening