Cardiovascular Risk Among Different Relegions

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TITLE: A study on influence of socio-cultural and religious factors on cardio-vascular risk among ischemic heart patients in Father Muller Hospital, Mangalore. INTRODUCTION: Cardiovascular diseases are becoming the major cause of morbidity and mortality in most of the developing countries including India. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) encompasses a number of diagnoses, including coronary heart diseases, hypertension and strokes. Common risk factors of cardiovascular diseases are older age group, being male, family history of ischemic heart problems, cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, sedentary lifestyle, excess weight, diabetes, etc. Along with these fixed risk factors, other behavioral and lifestyle related factors, often modifiable, have also been related to development of cardiovascular diseases. An ideal way to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular diseases is through population based preventive measures along with a high risk treatment approach. The need of the hour is to design a study for population based screening of risk factors for CVD. This will help in framing appropriative preventive measures. Comparisons between coronary risk factors and coronary heart diseases prevalence among different religions and socio-cultural backgrounds have not been adequately studied. In this study we aim to correlate the role of socio-cultural and religious risk factors in the occurrences of cardiovascular diseases. India is a diverse country with different religious and cultural backgrounds. People from these different backgrounds tend to differ greatly in their diet and other lifestyle patterns. The present study attempts to enhance the understanding of relationship of various religious and socio-cultural practices on cardiovascular health. OBJECTIVES: The main objective of this study is to correlate the role of socio-cultural and religious risk factors on coronary heart disease among patients having a confirmed diagnosis on ischemic...
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