A survey of coronary risk factors and B-type natriuretic peptide concentrations in cardiac nurses from Europe: do nurses still practice what they preach?
Tiny Jaarsma, Simon Stewart, Sabina De Geest, Bengt Fridlund, Johanna Heikkilä, Jan Mårtensson, Philip Moons, Wilma Scholte Op Reimer, Karen Smith, Anna Strömberg, David R Thompson
European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing | Published : 2004
BACKGROUND: From a previous survey of cardiac nurses attending a scientific conference, we learned that these nurses adopted a healthier lifestyle than the general population. AIMS: The aim of this study was to determine the overall profile of cardiac risk factors in a similar cohort and determine whether cardiac nurses continue to 'practice what they preach' in this regard. Secondly, we examined the practical value of screening a large cohort of individuals within a short time frame (total of 8 hours screening time) and determined the range of BNP concentrations within a 'healthy' cohort. METHODS: Data on CHD risk factors were collected with a short self-report questionnaire. The sample con..View full abstract