Prevalence of hypertension among stroke patients at Tikrit Teaching Hospital


Hypertension is the most important modifiable cause of stroke. The aim of this study was to find the incidences of hypertension as important risk factor in stroke patients presenting at Tikrit teaching hospital from August 2007 to February 2008. One hundred and twenty nine patients admitted to Tikrit Teaching Hospital between 2007 and 2008 with a clinical diagnosis of stroke were included in this study. All patients routinely had a brain CT within 72 hours of admission to determine the type of stroke, 100 patients had been proved to have stroke on CT scan. Hypertension was found to be the most common risk factor in this study. Out of 100 Patients with confirmed stroke on C.T scan, 72 (72%) patients were male and 28 (28%) were female (M:F 2.5:1). . Hypertension was found in 58 (58%) patients in which 42 patients were male (72.41%) and 16 patients were female (27.58%). Peak stroke age 61-70 years in male (15 cases) and 51-60 patients in female (7 cases). It is very important to detect and treat hypertension because it is a leading cause of stroke