Stroke health and risk education (SHARE) pilot project: feasibility and need for church-based stroke health promotion in a bi-ethnic community
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Stroke health and risk education (SHARE) pilot project
Abstract: 

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We performed a pilot project to assess the need for and feasibility of a church-based stroke risk reduction intervention in a predominantly Mexican American community. METHODS: Participants were recruited after each mass on a single weekend from 2 Catholic churches in Corpus Christi, Texas. Questionnaires about personal stroke risk factors and interest in program participation were completed, and blood pressure screening was performed. RESULTS: A total of 150 individuals participated (63% Mexican American, median age 62). A substantial majority (84%) were interested in being part of a long-term church-based health education project. Blood pressure was >139/89 mm Hg in 50 of 78 (64%) of individuals with a self-reported history of hypertension, and in 17 of 69 (25%) of individuals without known hypertension, with no ethnic differences in blood pressure. Mexican Americans were younger, had a higher BMI, and were more likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic whites. CONCLUSIONS: There is substantial burden of stroke risk factors in these predominantly Mexican American church communities. Church-based health interventions may be a way to reduce stroke in this at-risk population.

Author(s): 
Zahuranec, Darin B.
Morgenstern, Lewis B.
Garcia, Nelda M.
Conley, Kathleen M.
Lisabeth, Lynda D.
Rank, Grace S.
Smith, Melinda A.
Meurer, William J.
Resnicow, Ken
Brown, Devin L.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Stroke
Journal Abbreviation: 
Stroke
Publication Date: 
2008-05
Publication Year: 
2008
Pages: 
1583-1585
Volume: 
39
Issue: 
5
ISSN: 
1524-4628
DOI: 
10.1161/STROKEAHA.107.503557
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 18323486

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Darin B. Zahuranec, Lewis B. Morgenstern, Nelda M. Garcia, Kathleen M. Conley, Lynda D. Lisabeth, Grace S. Rank, Melinda A. Smith, William J. Meurer, Ken Resnicow and Devin L. Brown. 2008-05. "Stroke health and risk education (SHARE) pilot project: feasibility and need for church-based stroke health promotion in a bi-ethnic community." Stroke 39: 5: 1583-1585. 10.1161/STROKEAHA.107.503557.

Wikipedia Citation

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