Objectives: To present the current epidemiologic situation regarding hypertension's prevalence and control in Romania's adult population (revealed by SEPHAR II survey results) and to evaluate their tendency during the last 7 years (by comparing with the SEPHAR I survey results).
Methods: The two SEPHAR cross-sectional national surveys were conducted on a representative sample for the Romanian adult population (SEPHAR I: 2017 individuals aged 18–85 years, 45% response rate, SEPHAR II: 1975 individuals aged 18–80 years, 69% response rate), by means of questionnaire interview, blood pressure (BP) and anthropometric measurements during two study visits. Hypertension was defined as SBP at least 140 mmHg and/or DBP at least 90 mmHg at both study visits or previously diagnosed hypertension under current treatment. Controlled BP was defined as SBP less than 140 mmHg and DBP less than 90 mmHg in currently treated hypertensive individuals.
Results: Prevalence of hypertension in Romanian is 40.41%, awareness of hypertension is 69.55%, with 59.15% hypertensive individuals under current treatment with a control rate of 25%. In the last 7 years, there has been a 10.7% decrease in hypertension's prevalence together with an increase by 57% in awareness of hypertension and an increase by 52% in treatment of hypertension, leading to almost doubling of the hypertension's control rate in all hypertensive individuals.
Conclusion: Although in the last 7 years, the tendency of hypertension's prevalence seems to be a descending one with an increasing trend in awareness, treatment and control of this condition, hypertension in Romania at this time still remains an ‘unsolved equation’.