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Title: Study of cardiovascular disease risk factors among rural schoolchildren in Sousse, Tunisia
Authors: Ghannem, H.
Trabelsi, L.
Gaha, R.
Harrabi, I.
Essoussi, A.S.
Issue Date: 2001
Language: English
Abstract: We undertook an epidemiological survey based on a representative sample of 793 rural schoolchildren in Sousse, Tunisia to assess the prevalence of certain cardiovascular disease risk factors. The prevalence of hypertension [11.2%], hypercholesterolaemia [2.9%], hypertriglyceridaemia [1.0%], high levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol [0.6%] and obesity [4.0%] showed no statistically significant difference based on sex. However, smoking [4%] showed a significant gender difference [boys: 7.3%; girls 1.2%]. The relatively low cardiovascular disease risk factor profile of Tunisian children needs to be encouraged through to adulthood. Thus a school programme of heart health promotion should be established
Description: 617-624
Keywords: Analysis of Variance
Cross-Sectional Studies
Epidemiologic Studies
Risk Factors
Rural Health
Subject: Cardiovascular Diseases
ISSN: 1020-3397
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