Comparison of cardiovascular health status and health behaviors in Korean Women based on household income

Young Joo Park, Nah Mee Shin, Ji Won Yoon, Jiwon Choi, Sook Ja Lee

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Purpose: In this study cardiovascular health status and health behavior of Korean women based on their household income were explored. Methods: For this cross-sectional study, 91 women residing in the community were recruited to complete survey questionnaires and biophysical tests including blood pressure (BP), body mass index (BMI), body fat rate, waist circumference (WC), and blood chemistry tests. Results: Compared to non-low income women (NLIW), low income women (LIW) were more likely to be older, less educated, and jobless, and further more LIW were postmenopause and reported having been diagnosed with hypertension or hypercholesterolemia. Significant differences were found in systolic BP, triglyceride level, BMI, body fat rate, and WC between the groups. Two fifths of the LIW had indications for metabolic syndrome. Their 10-yr risk estimate of myocardioal infarction or coronary death demonstrated a higher probability than that of NLIW. Although these significant differences were due to age gap between the groups, advanced age is known to be one of the key characteristics of LIW as well as a non-modifiable risk factor. Conclusion: Effective community programs for vulnerable women at risk of cardiovascular disease should be based on strategies targeting unhealthy behaviors and modifiable risk factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)831-843
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Korean Academy of Nursing
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec 31


  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Dyslipidemias
  • Hypertension
  • Metabolic syndrome X
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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