In what ways can researchers better collaborate with community representatives from populations with high prevalence / morbidity / mortality of cardiovascular disease (CVD) to enhance and sustain interventions and achieve improved health outcomes?
How can a combination of health behaviors and risk factors be used to conduct community-engaged research to prevent and treat CVD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and stroke?
In 2014, the American Heart Association released recommendations for optimal heart disease prevention. However, data from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study showed that only 0.1% of American adults adhere to the AHA simple 7 strategies (Smoking cessation, BMI control, healthy diet, physical activity, normal levels of blood glucose, blood pressure and blood lipids). Studies with an emphasis on cultural adaptations of effective interventions that address combinations of health behaviors and risk factors need to be considered to target high-risk populations to achieve better health outcomes.