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Be Healthe for Your Heart: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating a Web-Based Behavioral Intervention to Improve the Cardiovascular Health of Women with a History of Preeclampsia

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Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia
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School of Allied Health Sciences & Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD 4222, Australia
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School of Psychology, Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia
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Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition, School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia
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Department of Maternal Foetal Medicine, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, NSW 2305, Australia
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Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviours, Department of Rural Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle, Tamworth, NSW 2340, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(16), 5779; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17165779
Received: 9 July 2020 / Revised: 6 August 2020 / Accepted: 7 August 2020 / Published: 10 August 2020
This pilot randomized controlled trial (RCT) aimed to determine the acceptability and preliminary efficacy of a web-based cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention intervention for women following preeclampsia. Australian women with a recent history (≤4 years post diagnosis) of preeclampsia were randomized into two study arms: (1) Be Healthe for your Heart, a web-based behavioral intervention or; (2) Control, access to the National Heart Foundation website. Assessments were conducted at baseline, and after three months. Intervention acceptability and impact on absolute CVD 30-year risk score, CVD risk markers and health behaviors were assessed. Twenty-four of 31 (77.4%) women completed the three-month assessment. Eleven out of 13 intervention participants (84.6%) agreed/strongly agreed they were satisfied with the program, with a mean score of 4.2 ± 0.9 (maximum of five). There were no significant between or within group differences in absolute CVD risk, CVD risk markers or health behaviors from baseline to three months. Women with a history of preeclampsia were successfully recruited and retained and they reported high levels of acceptability with the Be Healthe for your Heart program. Further research is therefore needed from powered trials to determine the impact of web-based lifestyle interventions on CVD risk in this at-risk group. View Full-Text
Keywords: cardiovascular disease; preeclampsia; postpartum; health behavior; women; prevention; eHealth cardiovascular disease; preeclampsia; postpartum; health behavior; women; prevention; eHealth
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Hutchesson, M.J.; Taylor, R.; Shrewsbury, V.A.; Vincze, L.; Campbell, L.E.; Callister, R.; Park, F.; Schumacher, T.L.; Collins, C.E. Be Healthe for Your Heart: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating a Web-Based Behavioral Intervention to Improve the Cardiovascular Health of Women with a History of Preeclampsia. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 5779. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17165779

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Hutchesson MJ, Taylor R, Shrewsbury VA, Vincze L, Campbell LE, Callister R, Park F, Schumacher TL, Collins CE. Be Healthe for Your Heart: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating a Web-Based Behavioral Intervention to Improve the Cardiovascular Health of Women with a History of Preeclampsia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(16):5779. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17165779

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Hutchesson, Melinda J.; Taylor, Rachael; Shrewsbury, Vanessa A.; Vincze, Lisa; Campbell, Linda E.; Callister, Robin; Park, Felicity; Schumacher, Tracy L.; Collins, Clare E. 2020. "Be Healthe for Your Heart: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating a Web-Based Behavioral Intervention to Improve the Cardiovascular Health of Women with a History of Preeclampsia" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 16: 5779. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17165779

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