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Social and behavioural risk factors in the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease in Kerala, India: a catchment area population survey

Saju Madavanakadu Devassy, Martin Webber, Lorane Scaria, Jotheeswaran Amuthavalli Thiyagarajan, Meredith Fendt-Newlin, Jacques Joubert, Anuja Maria Benny, Anjana Nannatt, Lynette Joubert



BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality in India. Social and behavioural factors are strongly interrelated in the prevention and control of CVD. The ability to make lifestyle changes to control hypertension and diabetes (major risk factors for CVD) is determined by factors such as education, gender, caste, poverty, and urbanicity. This study aimed to improve our understanding of the inter-relationship of social and behavioural factors in the management of elevated serum glucose and high blood pressure and co-morbid mental health conditions. METHODS: A population-based catchment area cross sectional survey was conducted in Kerala, India. Data were collected ..

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