Study: Some heart disease patients fail to make behavior changes

04/17/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Data showed that 14.3% of patients did not make behavior changes, such as adopting healthy eating habits, quitting smoking or exercising more, after having a stroke or being diagnosed with heart disease, according to researchers at the Population Health Research Institute in Ontario. The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that patients in low-income countries were least likely to change behaviors, but data found that 42.7% of participants made at least one change, while 30.6% adopted two behaviors and 4.3% followed all healthy guidelines.

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