Feasibility of Assessing the Awareness of Cardiovascular Risk through Health Passport Approach: A Pilot Study

CHRISMED J Health Res, Vol. 3(4), p. 273-8, October-Decmenber 2016

6 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2017

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Nilamadhab Kar

Black Country Partnerhsip NHS Foundation Trust

Gajendra Parhi

Quality of Life Research and Development Foundation

Shreyan Kar

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Brajaballav Kar

KIIT University - School of Management

Date Written: October 2016

Abstract

Background: The risk of cardiovascular disorders is high among the Indian population; however, the awareness about it seems to be a concern.

Aim: It was intended to study the feasibility of assessing the awareness of cardiovascular risk at a community level and providing the related information about remedial measures through a Health Passport approach.

Methods: Consecutive 38 individuals attending health camp were assessed for specific personal and family history of obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. Current risk factors such as exercise, smoking, drug use, stress, and depression were ascertained, and body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC), blood pressure were measured to assess the cardiovascular risk based on Framingham criteria. The individualized information along with some key health facts were provided to the participants in a document termed as Health Passport for their reference.

Results: There was a general lack of awareness regarding the cardiovascular risk factors in the studied sample. Most participants were above the threshold for blood pressure (65.8%), BMI (71.1%), and WC (73.7%) requiring specific action and more than half (57.9%) had higher cardiovascular risk. The assessment completed in a community set up with basic facilities could provide information regarding the existing risks prompting health actions. The participants considered the Health Passport as a comprehensive initial step toward improving their awareness.

Conclusion: It was feasible to assess the awareness about cardiovascular risk and provide individualized health‑related information through the Health Passport approach which appears adaptable in health care setups and may improve the awareness.

Suggested Citation

Kar, Nilamadhab and Parhi, Gajendra and Kar, Shreyan and Kar, Brajaballav, Feasibility of Assessing the Awareness of Cardiovascular Risk through Health Passport Approach: A Pilot Study (October 2016). CHRISMED J Health Res, Vol. 3(4), p. 273-8, October-Decmenber 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2995091

Nilamadhab Kar (Contact Author)

Black Country Partnerhsip NHS Foundation Trust ( email )

Greets Green Road
West Bromwich, West Midlands B70 9PL
United Kingdom

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Gajendra Parhi

Quality of Life Research and Development Foundation

Shreyan Kar

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Greets Green Road
West Bromwich, West Midlands B70 9PL
United Kingdom

Brajaballav Kar

KIIT University - School of Management ( email )

Campus - 7
Bhubaneswar, 751024
India

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