Title

Risk Factors for Heart Disease in Rural Appalachia

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1998

Description

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.

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