Ideal cardiovascular health status and health-related quality of life in adolescents: the Labmed Physical Activity study

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Agostinis-Sobrinho, Cesar
Werneck, Andre de Oliveira [UNESP]
Kievisiene, Justina
Moreira, Carla
Ramirez-Velez, Robinson
Rosario, Rafaela
Norkiene, Sigute
Lopes, Luis
Mota, Jorge
Santos, Rute

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Soc Pediatria Sao Paulo


Objective:Adolescent's ideal cardiovascular health index (ICVH) seems to be an important indicator of youth's lifestyles and cardiometabolic health with potential positive consequences for their Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL). The purpose of this study was to examine the associations between the ICVH index and HRQoL in adolescents. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study based on secondary analyses from the Lab Med Physica [Activity Study (n=407 adolescents, 53% girls). ICVH, as defined by the American Heart Association, was determined as meeting ideal behaviors (physicalactivity, body mass index, smoking status, and diet intake) and health factors (blood pressure, total glucose, and cholesterol). HRQoL was measured with the Kidscreen-10 self-report questionnaire. Results: Analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) showed a significant association between the accumulation of ideal cardiovascular health metrics and HRQoL (F-4,F-403 =4.160; p=0.003). In addition, the higher the number of ideal health behaviors accumulated, the higher the mean values of HRQoL (p-value for trend=0.001), after adjustments for age, sex, socioeconomic status and pubertal stage. Conclusions: ICVH index was positively associated with HRQoL in adolescents. Ideal health behaviors metrics seem to have a stronger association with HRQoL than the ideal health factors metrics in adolescents.



Health status, Physical activity, Diet, Cardiometabolic health, Youth

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Revista Paulista De Pediatria. Sao Paulo Sp: Soc Pediatria Sao Paulo, v. 39, 7 p., 2021.