Cardiovascular risk factors among college students: Knowledge, perception, and risk assessment

Dieu My T Tran, Lani M Zimmerman, Kevin A Kupzyk, Scott W. Shurmur, Carol H Pullen, Bernice C. Yates

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

7 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Objective: To assess college students' knowledge and perception of cardiovascular risk factors and to screen for their cardiovascular risks. Participants: The final sample that responded to recruitment consisted of 158 college students from a midwestern university. Methods: A cross-sectional, descriptive study was performed using convenience sampling. Results: College students were knowledgeable about cardiovascular risk factors but did not perceive themselves at risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Knowledge of cardiovascular risk factors was correlated with the lifetime risk estimates (ρ =.17, p =.048), and perception of cardiovascular risk was positively associated with 30-year CVD risk estimates (ρ =.16, p =.048). More than 50% of the participants had 1 or more cardiovascular risk factors. Conclusions: High knowledge level of cardiovascular risk factors was not sufficient to lower cardiovascular risks within this study population, but changing perception of cardiovascular risk factors may play a bigger role in reducing long-term cardiovascular risks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-167
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of American College Health
Volume65
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2017

Fingerprint

Students
Cardiovascular Diseases
Cross-Sectional Studies
Population

Keywords

  • Cardiovascular risk factors
  • college students
  • knowledge
  • perception
  • risk assessments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Cite this

Cardiovascular risk factors among college students : Knowledge, perception, and risk assessment. / Tran, Dieu My T; Zimmerman, Lani M; Kupzyk, Kevin A; Shurmur, Scott W.; Pullen, Carol H; Yates, Bernice C.

In: Journal of American College Health, Vol. 65, No. 3, 03.04.2017, p. 158-167.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{5782165e875f4eeea66a000cf074340e,
title = "Cardiovascular risk factors among college students: Knowledge, perception, and risk assessment",
abstract = "Objective: To assess college students' knowledge and perception of cardiovascular risk factors and to screen for their cardiovascular risks. Participants: The final sample that responded to recruitment consisted of 158 college students from a midwestern university. Methods: A cross-sectional, descriptive study was performed using convenience sampling. Results: College students were knowledgeable about cardiovascular risk factors but did not perceive themselves at risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Knowledge of cardiovascular risk factors was correlated with the lifetime risk estimates (ρ =.17, p =.048), and perception of cardiovascular risk was positively associated with 30-year CVD risk estimates (ρ =.16, p =.048). More than 50{\%} of the participants had 1 or more cardiovascular risk factors. Conclusions: High knowledge level of cardiovascular risk factors was not sufficient to lower cardiovascular risks within this study population, but changing perception of cardiovascular risk factors may play a bigger role in reducing long-term cardiovascular risks.",
keywords = "Cardiovascular risk factors, college students, knowledge, perception, risk assessments",
author = "Tran, {Dieu My T} and Zimmerman, {Lani M} and Kupzyk, {Kevin A} and Shurmur, {Scott W.} and Pullen, {Carol H} and Yates, {Bernice C.}",
year = "2017",
month = "4",
day = "3",
doi = "10.1080/07448481.2016.1266638",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "65",
pages = "158--167",
journal = "Journal of American College Health",
issn = "0744-8481",
publisher = "Routledge",
number = "3",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Cardiovascular risk factors among college students

T2 - Knowledge, perception, and risk assessment

AU - Tran, Dieu My T

AU - Zimmerman, Lani M

AU - Kupzyk, Kevin A

AU - Shurmur, Scott W.

AU - Pullen, Carol H

AU - Yates, Bernice C.

PY - 2017/4/3

Y1 - 2017/4/3

N2 - Objective: To assess college students' knowledge and perception of cardiovascular risk factors and to screen for their cardiovascular risks. Participants: The final sample that responded to recruitment consisted of 158 college students from a midwestern university. Methods: A cross-sectional, descriptive study was performed using convenience sampling. Results: College students were knowledgeable about cardiovascular risk factors but did not perceive themselves at risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Knowledge of cardiovascular risk factors was correlated with the lifetime risk estimates (ρ =.17, p =.048), and perception of cardiovascular risk was positively associated with 30-year CVD risk estimates (ρ =.16, p =.048). More than 50% of the participants had 1 or more cardiovascular risk factors. Conclusions: High knowledge level of cardiovascular risk factors was not sufficient to lower cardiovascular risks within this study population, but changing perception of cardiovascular risk factors may play a bigger role in reducing long-term cardiovascular risks.

AB - Objective: To assess college students' knowledge and perception of cardiovascular risk factors and to screen for their cardiovascular risks. Participants: The final sample that responded to recruitment consisted of 158 college students from a midwestern university. Methods: A cross-sectional, descriptive study was performed using convenience sampling. Results: College students were knowledgeable about cardiovascular risk factors but did not perceive themselves at risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Knowledge of cardiovascular risk factors was correlated with the lifetime risk estimates (ρ =.17, p =.048), and perception of cardiovascular risk was positively associated with 30-year CVD risk estimates (ρ =.16, p =.048). More than 50% of the participants had 1 or more cardiovascular risk factors. Conclusions: High knowledge level of cardiovascular risk factors was not sufficient to lower cardiovascular risks within this study population, but changing perception of cardiovascular risk factors may play a bigger role in reducing long-term cardiovascular risks.

KW - Cardiovascular risk factors

KW - college students

KW - knowledge

KW - perception

KW - risk assessments

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85009250350&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85009250350&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/07448481.2016.1266638

DO - 10.1080/07448481.2016.1266638

M3 - Article

C2 - 27911653

AN - SCOPUS:85009250350

VL - 65

SP - 158

EP - 167

JO - Journal of American College Health

JF - Journal of American College Health

SN - 0744-8481

IS - 3

ER -