EFFECTIVENESS OF CARDIAC WALKING ON BLOOD PRESSURE AMONG PATIENTS WITH HYPERTENSION AT A SELECTED HOSPITAL IN KANCHEEPURAM DISTRICT
Objective: Hypertension is a multifactorial disease and it is a common disorder worldwide. This study was conducted to identify the effectiveness ofcardiac walking on blood pressure (BP) among patients with hypertension at a selected hospital in Kancheepuram district.
Methods: A quasi-experimental pre- and post-test with comparison group design was chosen for this study. Using purposive sampling technique,
a total of 50 samples were recruited for the study which included 25 each in study and comparison groups. Pre-test was done using a structured
instrument that included demographic, biological, and clinical variables, and BP was measured by stethoscope and sphygmomanometer. Cardiac
walking was implemented for the study group participants whereas comparison group participants were on routine care. Post-test was done for both the study and comparison group participants. Both descriptive and inferential statistics were used for the analysis.
Results: The paired t-test revealed the statistically significant difference between pre- and post-test systolic and diastolic BP within the study group
participants at level p<0.001 whereas there was no significant difference among comparison group participants. The independent t-test unveiled the
statistically significant difference between the study and comparison group participants in BP at level p<0.001.
Conclusion: These study findings implied that the simple measure cardiac walking is cost-effective to maintain the BP within normal limit for patients
with hypertension throughout their survivorship.
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