Health behaviour of elderly patients with heart failure in Poland associated with pharmacotherapy and non-pharmacological treatment
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Introduction. In Poland, it is estimated that HF is observed in approximately 0,7 million of patients. The aim of the study was to assess health behaviour in geriatric patients diagnosed with HF regarding pharmacotherapy and non-pharmacological treatment. Material and methods. The study group comprised 72 patients with diagnosed HF, over 65y. The study was performed using a questionnaire survey including 20 closed-ended questions. Results. The mean number of medicinal products prescribed by physicians for the treatment of HF and other diseases was 6.59±1.8. 50% of subjects were additionally taking medications and supplements for self-treatment, 63% declared they managed to take medications prescribed on their own. A diet is followed only by 50%, but only 18% limit their sodium intake. 46% still consume alcohol, and 10% of still smoke cigarettes. 46% declared the use of body weight monitoring, but none of them measured their body weight every day. Conclusion. Health behaviour of geriatric patients with HF in Poland indicates their low compliance with medical guidelines and it may explain a high hospitalisation rate and increasing costs of treatment.
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