Focus on modification of risk factors and patients' perception of lifestyle

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6978.533 (Published 25 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:533
  1. Gregory Y H Lip,
  2. Richard Balasubramaniam,
  3. Andrew Maurice,
  4. Gareth Beevers
  1. Research fellow Medical student Medical student Professor of medicine University of Birmingham, City Hospital, Birmingham B18 7QH

    EDITOR,—M E Cupples and A McKnight conclude that personal health education of patients with ischaemic heart disease had no significant effect on objective cardiovascular risk factors, although some beneficial effects on exercise and diet were seen.1 In a preliminary survey of hospital inpatients recovering from an acute myocardial infarction we have come to broadly similar conclusions.

    Using a structured questionnaire, we surveyed 23 patients (19 men, four women; mean age 63.5 years (range 37-81) within …

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