J Korean Acad Nurs.  2007 Dec;37(7):1091-1097.

A Study on Health Behavior in People at Risk for a Cerebrovascular Accident

Affiliations
  • 1Colleage of Nursing, Ajou University, Korea.
  • 2Colleage of Nursing Science, Ewha Womans University, Korea. ysbyeon@ewha.ac.kr
  • 3Health Investment Policy, Ministry of Health & Welfare, Korea.
  • 4Colleage of Nursing Science, Ewha Womans University, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE: This study was done to survey health behaviors in people at risk for a Cerebrovascular Accident(CVA). METHOD: From November 21 to December 29, 2005, a questionnaire survey was conducted with 171 people at risk for a Cerebrovascular Accident(LDL of above 130 mg/dl & homocysteine of above 15.0 micromol/L). Their physical composition was measured and blood was collected. RESULTS: 1. Of the subjects, 34.5% were smokers, 61.4% were drinkers, 56.7% did not exercise regularly, 57.3% did not control their weight, 26.9% preferred eating meat, and 32.2% preferred salty food. 2. The gender was different between smoking status(Chi2=10.734, p= .001), and drinking status(Chi2=7.185, p= .007), and the age was different between smoking status(Chi2=6.656, p= .010), and drinking status(Chi2=10.722, p= .001). The HbA1C level was different for regular exercise(Chi2= 4.824, p=.028) and the HDL-cholesterol was different for meat-eating preference(Chi2=7.928, p= .005). The observance of troubling signs was different for a salty food preference(Chi2=4.313, p= .038). CONCLUSION: It is necessary to develop programs for taking care of people at risk for a Cerebrovascular Accident and test the effects of the programs in order to reduce the risk factors of CVA and enhance health behavior promotion.

Keyword

Cerebrovascular accident; Risk factors; Health behavior
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