Be Healthe for your Heart: Preventing CVD among women with a history of pre-eclampsia

Years funded:
2018

Women with a history of pre-eclampsia are 3 times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease (CVD) than women without it. 

Best practice guidelines indicate that women with a history of preeclampsia should receive education on appropriate nutrition and physical activity post-partum to reduce their risk of future CVD. However, currently in Australia women they do not routinely receive any advice on future CVD prevention. 

This project aims to address this gap by evaluating a targeted and tailored eHealth lifestyle program for CVD prevention (Be Healthe for your Heart) for women with a history of pre-eclampsia in the post-partum period.

The program promotes key healthy eating, physical activity and weight management strategies to prevent CVD. It will be delivered using a variety of technologies, including apps, social media, text messages and email. 

The program will be provided to women for 6 months, with assessments before and after the program to allow for evaluation. 

The program goal is to decrease their CVD risk score, which is based on a range of measures including blood pressure and blood lipids, e.g. total cholesterol. 

This program is targeting women under 40 years of age and is therefore an early intervention program with the potential to have long lasting benefits in reducing the onset of CVD in women. 

The eHealth approach means that the program has the potential to be delivered anywhere in Australia.

Researcher Profile

Dr Melinda Hutchesson

Institute: The University of Newcastle
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