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Assessment of Obesity as a Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factor in a Geriatric Rural Texas Community - A Six Month Follow-Up
Theses and Dissertations
  • Alberto Coustasse, MD, MBA, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth
Date of Award
12-1-1999
Degree Type
Restricted Access Professional Report
Degree Name
Master of Public Health
Field of Study
Community Health
Department
School of Public Health
First Advisor
Antonio Rene
Second Advisor
Doug A. Mains
Third Advisor
Gilbert Ramirez
Abstract

Coustasse, Alberto, Assessment of Obesity as a Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factor in a Geriatric Rural Texas Community – A Six Month Follow-up. Master of Public Health Track, Public Health Administration, December 1999, 22 pp., 9 tables, 9 illustrations, bibliography, 7 titles. The health fair approach was used as a method to establish individual and population health status baselines and to provide a mechanism to follow-up with an elderly population in a rural Texas community. A controlled trial sample of forty-four seniors was initially screened in a primary care clinic in August 1998. Patients were reevaluated at six months and results demonstrated a 46% increase in BMI [Body Mass Index]; 62% remained obese; 62% maintained elevated cholesterol or increased cholesterol values to abnormal values; 61% maintained or increased their BP [blood pressure] to abnormal values. A significant finding was that a change of one unit in the BMI correlated with a change of 19.88 mmHg [millimeter mercury] of SBP [systolic blood pressure] and 18.59 mmHg of DBP [diastolic blood pressure]. The societal economic impact of mortality and morbidity (without the benefit of target interventions) for the initial forty-four seniors was projected at &74,949. Keywords: Health fairs; obesity; cardiovascular; cost; case management.

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Coustasse, Alberto, Assessment of Obesity as a Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factor in a Geriatric Rural Texas Community – A Six Month Follow-up. Master of Public Health Track, Public Health Administration, December 1999, 22 pp., 9 tables, 9 illustrations, bibliography, 7 titles. W 4.5 C869A 1999

Citation Information
Alberto Coustasse. "Assessment of Obesity as a Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factor in a Geriatric Rural Texas Community - A Six Month Follow-Up" (1999)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alberto_coustasse/59/