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Table 4 Preventive Practices and Attitudes towards coronary heart disease

From: Cardiovascular health knowledge and behavior in patient attendants at four tertiary care hospitals in Pakistan – a cause for concern

  Response count (% of cases)
Is CHD preventable?  
   Yes 604 (74.3)
   No 37 (4.70)
   Do not know 151 (19.1)
Have you had your blood pressure checked?  
   Never have 275 (34.7)
   Every 2 years 298 (37.6)
   >2 year intervals 219 (27.7)
Have you had your blood sugar checked?  
   Never have 517 (65.3)
   Have at least once 275 (34.7)
Have you had your cholesterol checked?  
   Never have 670 (84.6)
   Have at least once 122 (15.4)
Have you ever undertaken any preventive practices for CHD*?  
   None 354 (44.7)
   Exercise 185 (23.4)
   Dietary salt restriction 39 (4.90)
   Dietary fat restriction 265 (33.5)
   Weight control 38 (4.80)
   Stress reduction 58 (7.30)
   Reduced smoking 89 (11.2)
   Medications 16 (2.00)
   Home remedies 25 (3.20)
   Other 34 (4.30)
If your family member develops CHD, what would you do*?  
   Nothing 72 (11.4)
   Do not know 104 (16.5)
   See a doctor 332 (52.7)
   Change my diet 132 (21.0)
   Start exercising 50 (7.90)
   Stop smoking 40 (6.30)
   Reduce stress 48 (7.60)
   Other 21 (2.30)
  1. CHD = coronary heart disease.
  2. * multiple responses