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|dc.contributor.author||De Geest, S.||-|
|dc.identifier.citation||European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 2004; 3(1):3-6||-|
|dc.description.abstract||<h4>Background</h4>From a previous survey of cardiac nurses attending a scientific conference, we learned that these nurses adopted a healthier lifestyle than the general population.<h4>Aims</h4>The aim of this study was to determine the overall profile of cardiac risk factors in a similar cohort and determine whether cardiac nurses continue to 'practice what they preach' in this regard. Secondly, we examined the practical value of screening a large cohort of individuals within a short time frame (total of 8 hours screening time) and determined the range of BNP concentrations within a 'healthy' cohort.<h4>Methods</h4>Data on CHD risk factors were collected with a short self-report questionnaire. The sample consisted of 122 cardiac nurses from 19 countries attending a European cardiac nursing conference held in Stockholm. A venous blood sample was collected into a tube containing potassium ETDA. B-type natriuretic peptide was measured on-site with the use of a portable fluorescence immunoassay kit.<h4>Results</h4>Most participants were female (89%). Participants ranged in age from 23 to 60 years with a mean age of 41 (S.D. 9.4). Eleven percent - all female - reported they were current smokers, 27% (34) had a BMI >25 and 27% of the sample stated they did not exercise regularly. Almost half (48%) of the sample reported a family history of CHD. As expected, all BNP-values were within the normal range. There were significant differences in BNP on the basis of sex (P<0.05) and age (P<0.05) and a trend towards increasing BNP concentrations with progressively higher BMI scores (P=0.06).<h4>Conclusion</h4>This study reconfirms the likelihood that many cardiac nurses heed their own advice on lifestyle modification to reduce cardiovascular risk and therefore provide a good role model for the promotion of primary and secondary prevention initiatives.||-|
|dc.subject||Natriuretic Peptide, Brain||-|
|dc.subject||Fluorescence Polarization Immunoassay||-|
|dc.subject||Attitude to Health||-|
|dc.subject||Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice||-|
|dc.title||A survey of coronary risk factors and B-type natriuetic peptide concentrations in cardiac nurses from Europe: do nurses still practice what they preach?||-|
|dc.identifier.orcid||Stewart, S. [0000-0001-9032-8998]||-|
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