Cardiovascular Risk Factors among First Year Medical Students

Authors

  • Raj Krishna Dangol Lumbini Medical College Teaching Hospital http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5054-3140
  • Bibek Koju Lumbini Medical College Teaching Hospital
  • Priya Lanjekar Lumbini Medical College Teaching Hospital
  • Chandrashekhar Pulipati Lumbini Medical College Teaching Hospital

Keywords:

cardiovascular disease, medical student, prevalence, risk factor, risk assessment

Abstract

Introduction: Detection of cardiovascular risk in young age is important to motivate them to modify life styles and seek health care early to lower the chances of acquiring cardiovascular disease in later age. This study was done to assess cardiovascular risk factors among first year medical students.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted throughout September and October 2017 in which all first year medical students from a medical college were assessed for the presence of cardiovascular risk factors. Participants’ demography, family history of illness, anthropometric measurements, and blood reports of lipid profile and fasting glucose were acquired. Data were analyzed with Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS-21).

Result: There were 99 participants; 55 males and 44 females. One or more risk factors were present in 87 (87.9%) participants. Moreover, 67.7% (n = 67) participants had more than one risk factors. Low HDL-cholesterol was the most common (n = 55, 55.6%) risk factor followed by elevated triacylglycerol (n = 47, 47.5%) and family history of hypertension (n = 45, 45.5%). There was no significant difference in presence of various risk factors between genders.

Conclusion: There was higher prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors among first year medical students. Majority of them had more than one risk factors. Low HDL-cholesterol was the most common risk factor. The risk factors were comparable in males and females.

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Author Biographies

Raj Krishna Dangol, Lumbini Medical College Teaching Hospital

Lecturer

Department of Biochemistry

Bibek Koju, Lumbini Medical College Teaching Hospital

Lecturer

Department of Biochemistry

Priya Lanjekar, Lumbini Medical College Teaching Hospital

Professor

Department of Biochemistry

Chandrashekhar Pulipati, Lumbini Medical College Teaching Hospital

Professor

Department of Biochemistry

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Published

2017-12-25

How to Cite

Dangol, R. K., Koju, B., Lanjekar, P., & Pulipati, C. (2017). Cardiovascular Risk Factors among First Year Medical Students. Journal of Lumbini Medical College, 5(2), 64–68. Retrieved from https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/JLMC/article/view/18875

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