Revista médica de Chile
versión ISSN 0034-9887
MARTINEZ S, María Adela et al. Cardiovascular risk factors among university students. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2012, vol.140, n.4, pp. 426-435. ISSN 0034-9887. doi: 10.4067/S0034-98872012000400002.
Background: Cardiovascular diseases are related to particular lifestyle patterns and the presence of cardiovascular risk factors (CVRF). Aim: To evaluate the presence of CVRF in students from Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh). Material and Methods: CVRF were evaluated in 385 university students aged 17 to 26years (63% women). Personal background, lifestyle, anthropometry, blood pressure, serum lipids and blood glucose were evaluated. Results: Eighty eight percent of evaluated students had sedentary habits, 19% had high LDL cholesterol levels, 40% had high blood pressure, 28% smoked, 29% were overweight or obese and 20% had some stress level. Conclusions: There is a high frequency of non-healthy lifestyles and cardiovascular risk factors in this sample of university students.
Palabras clave : Cardiovascular diseases; Risk factors; Students.