Risk Factors for Heart Disease in Rural Appalachia
The objectives of the study were to identify which risk factors for heart disease were most prevalent in a poor, underserved, rural Appalachian county. A random sample of medical records was selected (n = 292) of adult men and women who participated in a countywide health care project. Data were obtained from a health risk appraisal questionnaire and other physical and demographic information and were analyzed using univariate and bivariate statistical procedures. The findings indicated that these rural Appalachian subjects had a significant number of heart disease risk factors: excessive smoking, lack of exercise, high fat diets, and abnormal serum lipid levels.
Ramsey, Priscilla W.; and Glenn, L. Lee. 1998. Risk Factors for Heart Disease in Rural Appalachia. Family and Community Health. Vol.20(4). 19-30. https://doi.org/10.1097/00003727-199801000-00008 ISSN: 0160-6379