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Acta Paulista de Enfermagem

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Abstract

BARROS, Alba Lúcia Botura Leite de; VIEIRA, Fabiana de Souza; ASSIS, Cinthia Calsinski  and  ZEITOUN, Sandra Salloum. Risk factors and alterations in blood pressure levels in undergraduate nursing students. Acta paul. enferm. [online]. 2009, vol.22, n.6, pp. 773-778. ISSN 0103-2100.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-21002009000600008.

Objectives: To identify risk factors and alterations in blood pressure levels in undergraduate nursing students and to examine the associations between the risk factors and blood pressure levels. Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted between November 2006 and May 2007. The sample consisted of 120 undergraduate nursing students from the Federal University of São Paulo. A specific questionnaire on risk factors for high blood pressure was used. Blood pressure measures were taken and recorded. Fisher's exact test was used to determine associations between risk factors and high blood pressure. Results: The majority of participants (92.5%) had normal blood pressure levels. A few students had high (4.2%) or borderline (3.3%) blood pressure levels. Students had some of the risk factors for high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases. Conclusion: There is a need to emphasize lifestyle changes among those future nurses.

Keywords : Hypertension; Blood pression; Students, nursing; Risk factors.

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