The Role of Confidence and Knowledge in Intentions to (Not) Seek Care for Hypertension: Evidence From a National Survey

Wändi Bruine de Bruin, Yasmina Okan, Tamar Krishnamurti & Mark D. Huffman
BackgroundHypertension (high blood pressure) is a modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease. However, patients may lack confidence in their understanding of what constitutes normal/healthy blood pressure, potentially affecting intentions to seek necessary care. The American Heart Association defines normal/healthy blood pressure as <120/80 mm Hg, with a 130/80 mm Hg threshold for hypertension diagnosis.MethodsOur US sample (N = 6,592) included 1,342 adults with hypertension alone and 795 with hypertension and relevant comorbidities (heart disease, kidney...
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