UNAIR NEWS – Cardiovascular diseases is non-communicable diseases and the number one killer in Indonesia. One of the cardiovascular disease, namely hypertension. Hypertension is a disease that is the major risk factor for heart failure, stroke and kidney failure.
Based on the results of Basic Health Research (Rikesdas) 2018, the prevalence of non-communicable diseases has increased compared to 2013. Hypertension has increased significantly, from 25.8 percent to 34.1 percent. This number can increase from time to time. Moreover, the lifestyle of today’s society is far from healthy such as smoking and consuming junk food. Hypertension also does not look at age, from young to old population have high likelihood of suffering from the disease.
Therefore, Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) Faculty of Nursing (FKp) students created the Integrated Nurse Assistance Program (PAPTU) as an effort to prevent hypertension at family level. The students are Halfie Zaqiyah Gusti Puspitasari, Meiriana Nur Asih, and Tya Wahyu Kurniawati.
Halfie explained that the program was based on family support so families play the major roles in preventing hypertension. The purpose of the PAPTU was to increase knowledge and modify family behavior in order to recognize and prevent cardiovascular disease early on.
“This program (PAPTU, ed) aims to increase knowledge and modify family behavior in order to be able to recognize and prevent cardiovascular disease early on,” she said.
The program requires families to provide support to other family members. Healthy life movement becomes the focus as an effort to manage hypertension.
“There is support from families through activities or healthy life movements,” she added.
Aside from the healthy living movement, the program also empowers families to prevent stress and conduct regular health exams. With this program, families are expected to support each other and carry out health exams with the assistance of nurses.
“So they can support each other and carry out health exams with the assistance of nurses,” she added.
The innovation was presented in the scientific writing competition in National Nursing Festival (NURSE). The event was held on 25-27 October 2019 at the University of Indonesia. The innovation won first place from a competition with other universities such as University of Indonesia, Padjadjaran University, and the University of Muhammadiyah Malang. (*)
Author: Icha Nur Imami Puspita
Editor: Feri Fenoria Rifa’i