Study of cardiovascular disease risk factors among rural schoolchildren in Sousse, Tunisia
AbstractWe 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
Ghannem, H., Trabelsi, L., Gaha, R., Harrabi, I. & Essoussi, A.S. (2001). Study of cardiovascular disease risk factors among rural schoolchildren in Sousse, Tunisia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/119065
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 7 (4-5), 617-624, 2001
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