Volume 16, Issue 36 (Winter 2004)                   IJN 2004, 16(36): 40-46 | Back to browse issues page

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M. Nooritajer, A. Ravandy, H. Haghani. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BLOOD PRESSURE AND BODY MASS INDEX. IJN. 2004; 16 (36) :40-46
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Obviously, high blood pressure and obesity are two common risk factors of cardiovascular diseases. By the year 2000 in Iran the prevalence of high blood pressure and obesity has been reported to be respectively 11.5% and 33% after the age 15. Looking into the problem and early diagnosis of the risk factors would eventually prevent undesirable consequences. In order to find the relationship between high blood pressure and body mass index in workers of a factory, we conducted a cross-sectional study, in which data were gathered through questionnaires and 175 factory workers, selected randomly contributed in this study. The results showed that the average and standard deviation of weight was 76.9 11.27 and for height it was 170.81 7.3 meanwhile for the systolic and diastolic blood pressure and the level of blood cholestrol it was respectively 130 17.66%, 82.390 12.22 and 175.39 68. Moreover 17.2% had fasting blood sugar of more than 120 mg and as for the body mass index it was between 25-29.9 in 46.3% and 30-39 in 21.7%. We also found a statistically meaningful relation between body mass index and systolic blood pressure (P<0.002), and a meaningful relation was existed between body mass index and diastolic blood pressure (P<0.01). To sum up, 15% of the contributors suffered from moderate to severe high blood pressure and approximately two third (68%) of them were known as first to second degree obese persons. Serial examinations of the workers as the responsibility of community health nurses are recommended.
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Received: 2006/12/26

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