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Table 4 Knowledge and perception of hypertensive patients, Kinshasa, 2013 (n = 395)

From: Predictors of non-adherence to antihypertensive medication in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo: a cross-sectional study

Variables n (%)
Risk factors related to HTN mentioned
 Anxiety/stress 267 67.6
 Do not know 61 15.4
 Salt intake/unhealth diet 25 6.3
 Alcohol intake 19 4.8
 Other factors 28 7.1
Hypertension-related complications mentioned
 Stroke 147 37.2
 Death 110 27.8
 Heart diseases 22 5.6
 Diabetes 14 3.5
 Others 18 4.6
Knowledge of treatment benefit
 Control of BP 219 55.4
 Decrease the risk of complications 105 26.6
 Decrease the risk of mortality 46 11.6
 Do not know 24 6.1
 Healing 19 4.8
Beliefs that BP medications are helpful in controlling BP
 Very helpful/helpful 341 86.3
 Somewhat helpful/not helpful 45 11.4
 Do not know 10 2.3
Status acceptation 338 85.6
Self-perception of ability to adhere to treatment 365 92.4
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