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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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Abstract

MARTINS, Larissa Castelo Guedes et al. Physical activity level in people with high blood pressure. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2009, vol.17, n.4, pp. 462-467. ISSN 0104-1169.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692009000400005.

This study aimed to analyze the level of physical activity for people with high blood pressure cared for in a health center. This cross-sectional study was conducted with 310 individuals between 18 and 69 years of age through the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ). The majority (80%) of participants presented low or moderate levels of physical activity. The analysis of association between sociodemographic variables and physical activity level revealed that older men from the interior of the state with higher educational levels have a greater chance of exhibiting lower levels of physical activity. The logistic regression model revealed that origin, schooling and diabetes are predictors of low physical activity level. The conclusion is that part of the sample does not match the desirable profile to practice regular physical activity.

Keywords : motor activity; hypertension; exercise.

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