Cardiovascular risk after preeclampsia: The effect of communicating risk factors on intended healthy behavior

Anouk Bokslag*, Willemieke Kroeze, Christianne J.M. de Groot, Pim W. Teunissen

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Abstract

Objective: We studied the effect of communicating cardiovascular risk factors on intended healthy behavior in women with a history of preeclampsia or uncomplicated pregnancy. Methods: Intention for healthy behavior was assessed before and after cardiovascular risk assessment. Changes were calculated for women with and without cardiovascular risk factors. Results: In women with cardiovascular risk factors, the intention to quit smoking increased; whereas, intended healthy diet and sufficient exercise did not change. In participants without risk factors, none of the healthy behaviors changed. Conclusion: Communicating risk factors alone does not seem to be effective as an intervention to achieve lifestyle changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-103
Number of pages6
JournalHypertension in Pregnancy
Volume37
Issue number2
Early online date25 Apr 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018

Keywords

  • Cardiovascular risk
  • lifestyle
  • motivation
  • preeclampsia
  • prevention

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