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Aycock DM, Kirkendoll KD, Coleman KC
Family history of stroke among African Americans and its association with risk factors, knowledge, perceptions, and exercise.
The authors compared modifiable risk factors, knowledge of stroke risk factors, perceived threat of stroke, perceived control of stroke, and exercise behaviors and intentions in African Americans with a family history of stroke (FHS) and those without a FHS. They found that family history of stroke was common among those studied; however, this fact did not translate into better understanding of stroke or better exercise behaviors and intentions. They recommended that more be done to identify African Americans with a FHS, especially those with multiple risk factors, in order to educate them about the significance of FHS while promoting lifestyle change and self-management.
Citation: Aycock DM, Kirkendoll KD, Coleman KC . Family history of stroke among African Americans and its association with risk factors, knowledge, perceptions, and exercise. J Cardiovasc Nurs 2015 Mar-Apr;30(2):E1-6. doi: 10.1097/jcn.0000000000000125.
Keywords: Education: Patient and Caregiver, Family Health and History, Racial / Ethnic Minorities, Risk, Stroke