Completed Projects

Title: Coronary Risk Factor Screening and Behavior Change in Women
Status: Completed
Topic: Cardiovascular Health / Endothelial Function*
Funding Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Funding Period: 10/98 – 10/99
Study Design: Randomized Prospective Study
Purpose: To compare the effect of conventional cardiac risk factor screening, with and without CT imaging (a form of X-ray) of the coronary arteries, on behavior change related to cardiac risk in post-menopausal women.
Further Study Details: A total of 56 healthy post-menopausal women were given a standard health risk assessment to gauge current medication use and physical activity levels along with blood pressure measures and cholesterol levels. The women were then assigned to one of two groups: conventional cardiac risk factor screening and counseling or conventional screening and counseling plus CT imaging (CT scan) of the coronary arteries. Once the risk assessments were completed, all participants received one tailored counseling session based focusing on nutrition, supplement use, physical activity, weight management, smoking cessation, and appropriate use of hormone replacement therapy and medications for heart disease risk
reduction. In addition to the counseling session, those in the CT group had a CT scan and were shown the X-ray imaging of their coronary arteries. Follow-up assessments were conducted at 6 and 12 months.
Findings: Results from this pilot study suggested that a targeted risk-screening program can promote behavior change in postmenopausal women. However, the addition of a CT scan did not have added benefit to this population.
Eligibility: Postmenopausal women between the ages of 55 and 75 years of age.

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