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Revista Brasileira de Geriatria e Gerontologia

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BERLEZI, Evelise Moraes et al. Urinary incontinence study in menopausal women in use and non-use anti-hypertensive medicines. Rev. Bras. Geriatr. Gerontol. [online]. 2011, vol.14, n.3, pp. 415-423. ISSN 1809-9823.

Among other risks factors for urinary incontinence (UI) is the use of anti-hypertensive medicines. This paper aimed to value the prevalence of urinary incontinence in menopausal women attending in the Family Health Strategy in Bozano/RS and to assess the risk of these medicine use. It is a descriptive, cross-sectional and analytical study with a comparison group, being group 1 (G1) formed by women who use anti-hypertensive medicines and have a body mass index (BMI) 29,9 kg/m², and group 2 (G2) by women with BMI 29,9 kg/m² and no use of anti-hypertensive medicines. The sampling is composed of 70 women, 21 in G1 group and 49 in G2 group. Data collection was a questionnaire addressing issues related to domestic preconditions for women's health, medicine use and uro-gynecological conditions. As for the prevalence of UI, 52.8% had this complaint (21.4% in G1 and 31.4% in G2). Concerning the pharmacological class of anti-hypertensive medicines, angiotensin-conversing enzyme inhibitors are used by 33.3% of women. As for the risk for UI using anti-hypertensive medicines, the odds ratio showed that women who use this medicine are 3.06 times more likely to be incontinent (p = 0,03). The results suggest that the use of anti-hypertensive medicines is a predictor of UI in the group of women studied.

Palavras-chave : Urinary incontinence; Menopause; Anti-hypertensive medicines; Ginecology; Health of the Elderly; Aged.

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