Navigation Links
Get personal to improve heart health
Date:2/23/2009

Scare tactics may not be necessary when trying to get patients at risk of heart disease to change their diet or behaviour, a new study has found. Instead, doctors and nurses should be aware of the stage of life their patients are at, and offer them very specific and targeted advice.

"The goal is to produce interventions which are sensitive to the lives and social position of those who find themselves at 'high risk' of coronary heart disease (CHD) in later-middle age, and which inspire change rather than inhibit it," say researchers, from Egenis, the ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society at the University of Exeter.

High-risk patients will often downgrade their risk in their own minds, yet could still be receptive to the behavioural change which is the purpose of CHD screening, explained Dr Hannah Farrimond, who studied the reaction of patients to being told they were at high risk. Boosting patients' sense of vulnerability does not help, and may even hinder, their efforts to change, the study found.

"Once patients have got over the shock of being at high risk of heart disease, they then tend to underplay their risk," says Dr Farrimond. "They compare themselves favourably with, say, others of the same age. In the past, researchers have thought we need to scare people into feeling at risk to make them change. This study suggests that even those who downplayed their risk still made changes, such as taking statins or exercising more. In other words, we don't need to scare people to get results. Clinical staff need to find other ways of encouraging patients to make the necessary lifestyle changes, such as offering personalised advice."

The findings of Dr Farrimond's paper 'Making sense of being at 'high risk' of coronary heart disease', are published in the current issue of the journal Psychology and Health.

Current NHS policy advocates screening in primary care to identify 'high risk' individuals for coronary heart d
'/>"/>

Contact: Claire Packman
c.h.packman@exeter.ac.uk
01-392-269-126
University of Exeter
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Research increases possibilities of personalizing treatment of infant osteosarcoma
2. Investing in personalized medicine will benefit Canada
3. Personal Health Technology Spending to Exceed $460 Million in the Disease Management Sector in 2013
4. Desire for Performance Coupled With Natural Ingredients Boosts Botanical Actives Consumption in Personal Care
5. Crossover Health Launches Personal Health Advisory Service
6. Final Economic Stimulus Bill Permits Americans Personal Health Information to Be Sold for Research and Public Health Purposes WITHOUT Patients Consent
7. MIT project uses personal digital assistants to track TB data
8. Leading UK Personal Trainer Challenges Standards of Service Within Fitness Industry to Get Results or Double Your Money Back Guarantee
9. New genomic test can personalize breast cancer treatment
10. User Centric Develops Guidelines for Personal Health Record (PHR) Applications Based on User Research
11. UCLA scientists develop crystal ball for personalized cancer treatment
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/2/2014)... HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 ... raise your risk for high blood pressure, a new study ... lived within 109 yards of a busy road had a ... women living at least half a mile away, researchers report. ... of our physical environment on our health and well-being," said ...
(Date:10/2/2014)... HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- ... may face an increased risk of dying in the next several ... older Americans, researchers found those who were unable to detect scents ... as likely to die in the next five years, versus those ... the inability to distinguish odors -- was a bigger predictor of ...
(Date:10/2/2014)... HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay ... have a total of 500 confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68, ... since the summer, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday. Four ... but it,s not clear what role -- if any -- ... officials are also trying to determine if the virus is ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... University of Adelaide have developed a model that could ... outcome from treatment - from their very first psychotic ... of factors, including clinical symptoms, cognitive abilities, MRI scans ... blood. , Speaking in the lead up to World ... Psychiatry , Professor Bernhard Baune , says ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... shown that more than 80 per cent of bowel ... study found that medicines called ,JAK inhibitors, halted tumour ... is present in more than 80 per cent of ... are in clinical trials, for diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, ... is the second-most common cancer in Australia with nearly ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Living Near a Highway May Be Bad for Your Blood Pressure 2Health News:Living Near a Highway May Be Bad for Your Blood Pressure 3Health News:Could a Fading Sense of Smell Point to Earlier Death? 2Health News:Could a Fading Sense of Smell Point to Earlier Death? 3Health News:42 States Reporting Respiratory Virus That Targets Kids 2Health News:42 States Reporting Respiratory Virus That Targets Kids 3Health News:Predicting the future course of psychotic illness 2Health News:Eighty percent of bowel cancers halted with existing medicines 2
... citrus fruits rich in Vitamin C such as papaya, oranges ... research has found that the nutrient could help reduce ... ,Researchers from the University of Warwick have found that the ... in diabetics. ,Free radicals are tissue-damaging molecules, and ...
... and smoke-free work environment play key roles in helping people ... a study has found. ,The study was ... environmental factors are more influential than individual behaviours and beliefs ... researcher Jon Macy, said that though smoking cessation attempts often ...
... , ... ... ... clutches? Even fetuses in wombs experience stress! Stress can stem from a variety of causes-relationships, job, school and daily activities-just about anything. ...
... Working in an environment where smoking is allowed is especially ... that is not considered safe at any level, a ... by researchers at the Multnomah County Health Department and Oregon ... elevated levels of the carcinogen NNK, which is found in ...
... led by a Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO )researcher ... to vitamin D deficiency Rickets. Despite the fact that generation ... supplements and sunshine, vitamin D deficiency rickets has persisted in ... disease that weakens the leg bones and stunts growth, the ...
... death rates for men from the rural areas are 10 ... ,Despite The fact that cancer survival rates are improving overall, ... death rate of men living in rural areas and their ... in Australia has risen from 78,857 new cases in 1996 ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Smoke-free Workplace, Non-smoking Spouse Help Quitters Stay Off the Butt 2Health News:Living With Stress 2Health News:Living With Stress 3Health News:Living With Stress 4Health News:Secondhand Workplace Smoke Hits Non-smokers Badly 2Health News:Vitamin D Deficiency Still Persists in Babies 2Health News:Cancer Deaths of Rural Men on the High 2
(Date:10/1/2014)... Texas , Oct. 1, 2014 ... is scaling volume production of photoactive quantum dots ... technologies . While offering numerous advantages for solar ... producing large quantities of quantum dots with which ... now kept them from commercial utilization and acceptance. ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... , Oct. 1, 2014 ... a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on cardio-renal, ... results from its 371 patient Phase 2b ... constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-C).  Results from ... meaningful improvement in IBS-C symptoms for tenapanor-treated ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... Switzerland , October 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... Clinical Genomics and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data analysis, ... to run full cystic fibrosis analysis in a single ... and characterisation of all types of variants in a ... Until now, it has not been possible to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Quantum Materials Scaling Up Photoactive Quantum Dot Production for Solar Power Generation 2Quantum Materials Scaling Up Photoactive Quantum Dot Production for Solar Power Generation 3Ardelyx Reports Positive Results from Its Phase 2b Clinical Trial Evaluating Tenapanor in IBS-C Patients 2Ardelyx Reports Positive Results from Its Phase 2b Clinical Trial Evaluating Tenapanor in IBS-C Patients 3Ardelyx Reports Positive Results from Its Phase 2b Clinical Trial Evaluating Tenapanor in IBS-C Patients 4Ardelyx Reports Positive Results from Its Phase 2b Clinical Trial Evaluating Tenapanor in IBS-C Patients 5Ardelyx Reports Positive Results from Its Phase 2b Clinical Trial Evaluating Tenapanor in IBS-C Patients 6Sophia Genetics Launches Full CFTR Analysis in Single Clinical Grade NGS Experiment 2
... The Repeater Pipette* provides quick, convenient, ... procedures. Eppendorf Combitips have a polyethylene ... them ideal for use with most ... Product features: Five separate volumes can ...
... The only catheter of its kind, ... rapidly collects real-time cardiac electrical information, ... map. With 64 electrodes, this unique ... more than 3,000 points of electrical ...
... St. Jude Medical's universal programmer platform, ... used in combination with St. Jude ... products for emerging indications. Features ... touch-sensitive, active matrix LCD screen Programmer ...
... Coronary Stent System introduces ... lesion access and conformability. ... low crossing profile, and ... the performance of the ...
Medicine Products: