Stroke risk factor knowledge in university students

V. J. Kattapong, O. M. Eaton, T. M. Becker

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Cerebrovascular disease is the third leading cause of mortality in this country and is a leading cause of disability. To develop successful prevention programs to decrease the incidence of stroke, individuals should adopt cerebrovascular-healthy behaviors during youth, rather than in middle or old age, when risks for stroke are highest. The authors assessed the knowledge of stroke risk factors in university students presenting to a student health neurology clinic over a 14-month period. Half of the 98 students surveyed thought stress, a very weak risk factor, was a causative factor in the development of stroke. Only one third named hypertension or smoking as a risk factor. No significant gender, ethnic, or age differences were observed in student identification of stroke risk factors. These data indicate that university students have an incomplete understanding of the characteristics that are risk factors for stroke. This knowledge deficit is likely to have a negative influence on students' health behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)236-238
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American College Health Association
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Knowledge
  • Students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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