A Comparison of the Cardiovascular Risks of Rural, Suburban, and Urban Women
The purpose of this study was to compare the cardiovascular risk factors of women 35 years of age and older with primary residence in rural, suburban, and urban areas. Data were collected on 108 women in upstate New York. Rural women exhibited higher systolic blood pressure (p = .05) and were older (p=.01) than those living in suburban or urban areas. There were no other statistically significant differences in cardiovascular risk factors among the groups. However, all three groups exhibited levels of total cholesterol, weight, and body mass index that indicate strong cardiovascular risk factors among women in this age group regardless of primary residence.
Keywords: rural, women’s health, cardiovascular disease (CVD)
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