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PubMed | Semmelweis University and Magyar Tudomanyos Akademia Budapest.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Orvosi hetilap | Year: 2014

The reduction in mortality due to prevention programmes observed in some European countries is not currently reached in Hungary. Effective prevention is based on the screening of risk factors and health state of the population.The goal of this study was to develop a longitudinal, population-based screening programme in the Central Hungarian region in order to collect information on the health state and cardiovascular risk profile of the citizens and discover new potential cardiovascular risk factors.The Budakalsz Study is a self-voluntary programme involving the adult population (>20 yrs, approx. 8000 persons), and it consists of questionnaires, non-invasive tests (anthropometry, cardiac echo, carotid duplex scan, blood pressure measurement, ankle-brachial index), venous blood sample collection and laboratory tests.Until January, 2014, 2420 persons (30% of the population, male: 41.2%, average age 54.8 years) participated in the programme. Cardiovascular morbidity was higher in contrast to a former national survey. The number of risk factors and, therefore, 10-year cardiovascular risk were also elevated in this population.These findings underline the importance of screening programmes and effective therapies.

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