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ORIGINAL PAPER
 
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Cardiovascular risk factors determined via the Internet in 2 periods of time: 2004–2009 and 2010–2015 in Poland

Janusz Siebert 1  ,  
 
1
Medical University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland (University Centre for Cardiology, Family Medicine Department)
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Medical University of Warsaw, Warszawa, Poland (First Department of Cardiology)
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Świętokrzyskie Cardiology Centre, Kielce, Poland (Department of Cardiology and Electrotherapy)
4
Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce, Poland (Faculty of Health Sciences)
Int J Occup Med Environ Health 2017;30(3):499–510
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Objectives: Web information systems may serve as a diagnostic tool for the Internet users and they also support the epidemiological work of doctors and health care providers. As part of this study, a system has been created for detecting and calculating cardiovascular risk. The aim of this study has been the comparison of cardiovascular risk factors and calculated fatal cardiovascular risk in 2 periods of time: 2004–2009 and 2010–2015 in Poland, as determined via the Internet. Material and Methods: The “Ryzyko program” (“Risk program”) is available on the website of the Medical University of Gdańsk. To assess the cardiovascular death risk in a 10-year period, the algorithm of the SCORE (Systematic Coronary Risk Evaluation) project was used and 30 402 results of the algorithm have been analyzed. Results: Over 30 402 webpage visitors entered the required data and received the outcome. More than 78% of the Internet users who had entered the data, received a recommendation for medical check-up. Significant differences between the data collected in 2004– 2009 and 2010–2015 were noticed. Hypercholesterolemia prevalence (67.3% vs. 70.8%; p < 0.001), mean total cholesterol concentration in blood (5.60±1.65 mml/l vs. 5.66±1.35 mml/l; p < 0.001), prevalence of hypertension (36.6% vs. 35.3%; p = 0.039), mean systolic blood pressure (131.5±20.3 mm Hg vs. 132.6±18.0 mm Hg; p < 0.001), prevalence of declared smoking (30.7% vs. 26.5%; p < 0.001), declared diabetes mellitus (DM) (6.4% vs. 9.7%; p < 0.001), and declared coronary artery disease (CAD) (7.2% vs. 14.1%; p < 0.001), respectively. Conclusions: The prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors has changed during the observed period of time. Online automatic gathering of new data by “Ryzyko program” provides up-to-date observations. Int J Occup Med Environ Health 2017;30(3):499–510
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR:
Janusz Siebert   
Medical University of Gdańsk, University Centre for Cardiology, Family Medicine Department, Dębinki 2, 80-211 Gdańsk, Poland
eISSN:1896-494X
ISSN:1232-1087