The presence of metabolic syndrome and associated quality of life in Turkish women with cardiovascular disease

  • Tevfik Pınar, [MD, PhD] Kirikkale University Faculty of Medicine Department of Public Health
  • Gül Pınar, [RN, PhD] Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing
  • Nevin Doğan, [RN, MS] Baskent University Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing,
Keywords: Metabolic syndrome, Cardiovascular disease, Women, Quality of life, Obesity

Abstract

Introduction: The prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) is rapidly increas- ing in Turkey as well as all over the world. Little is known about the association between quality of life (QoL) and the MetS.

Objective: To determine the presence of MetS and its effects on QoL in Turkish women with cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Methods: Given the need for data in Ankara, Turkey, this cross-sectional study was designed to determine the association between demographic, lifestyles, re- productive history and biochemical-antropometric parameters and the MetS among a sample of women (N=310) in a University Hospital, Cardiology Outpatient Clinic. The MetS was defined according to the revised National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III (NCEP ATP III) criteria.

Results: Overall, 55.1% of women met the criteria for MetS with an average age of 57±0.7 years (range 20–80). Women without MetS were younger and had a more favourable triglyceride and glucose profile, and less likely to be physically inactive. Women with MetS who had longer duration of CVD, were significant- ly obese, had higher blood pressure, lower HDL cholesterol levels. MetS patients showed significant reductions in QoL (p<0.05).

Conclusions: These results showed that MetS was a major problem of Turkish women. MetS was a contributing factor for development of low QoL in the Turkish women with CVD.

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Published
2012-08-09
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Pınar, T., Pınar, G., & Doğan, N. (2012). The presence of metabolic syndrome and associated quality of life in Turkish women with cardiovascular disease. Acta Medica, 43(1), 1-10. Retrieved from https://actamedica.org/index.php/actamedica/article/view/166
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