Neighborhood environment linked to cardiovascular health

Neighborhood environment linked to cardiovascular health

(HealthDay)—Neighborhood environment is associated with ideal cardiovascular health, according to a study published online July 8 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Erin Unger, M.D., from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, and colleagues used data from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis to examine the correlation between and overall . Individual scores were assigned for ideal, intermediate, and poor categories of cholesterol, , diet, physical activity, fasting glucose, blood pressure, and smoking, based on American Heart Association 2020 Strategic Goals, and the scores were summed. Overall scores were classified as ideal (11 to 14 points), intermediate (9 to 10 points), and poor (0 to 8 points). The neighborhood exposures analyzed included favorable food store, physical activity resources density, reported availability of healthy food, walking/physical activity environment, safety, and social cohesion.

The researchers found that more than 20 percent of participants had an ideal cardiovascular health score at baseline. After full adjustment for demographics and neighborhood socioeconomic status, the odds of having an ideal cardiovascular health score were increased in association with favorable food stores (odds ratio [OR], 1.22), physical activity resources (OR, 1.19), walking/physical activity environment (OR, 1.20), and neighborhood socioeconomic status (OR, 1.22).

"Further research is needed to investigate the longitudinal associations between neighborhood environment and cardiovascular health," the authors write.

More information: Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)
Editorial (subscription or payment may be required)

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Prevalence of PAD higher with lower socioeconomic status

Jul 11, 2014

(HealthDay)—The prevalence of peripheral artery disease (PAD) is higher in individuals with lower socioeconomic status, according to a study published online July 1 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality an ...

Recommended for you

Study recommends inmate immunity test

17 hours ago

(AP)—Federal experts are recommending that California test inmates for immunity to a sometimes fatal soil-borne fungus before incarcerating them at two Central Valley state prisons where the disease has killed nearly three ...

Down syndrome teens need support, health assessed

Jul 25, 2014

Young adults with Down syndrome experience a range of physical and mental health conditions over and above those commonly reported in children with the condition—and these health problems may significantly ...

Time out for exercise

Jul 25, 2014

University of Queensland researcher has found that restructuring our daily routine to include exercise can have unexpected effects on health.

User comments