Document Type : Short Communication
Atherosclerosis and Coronary Artery Research Centre, Birjand University of Medical Sciences (BUMS), Birjand, Iran
Hepatitis Research Center, Birjand University of Medical Sciences (BUMS), Birjand, Iran
Student Research Committee, Birjand University of Medical Sciences (BUMS), Birjand, Iran
Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Introduction: The present study was planned to assess the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors among nurses.
Methods: This descriptive-analytical study was done on employed nurses in Birjand in 2011. At first, complete clinical examinations were done; including height, weight, waist circumference, and blood pressure in standard ways. Then, 5cc blood of each subject, after a 12 hour fasting, was taken in order to measure FBS and lipid profile. A questionnaire inquiring demographic information and history of previous cardiovascular risk factors was filled out. At the end data were analyzed by T test in SPSS software (V.15).
Results: The mean age of the subject was 40.6±7.2 yrs. The most prevalent risk factor were dyslipidemia, overweight, and central obesity (70.4%, 40%, and 37.7% respectively). Dyslipidemia and smoking in men, and obesity in women were more prevalent.
Conclusion: The prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors were high in nurses despite the adequate specialized knowledge about these risk factors.