There is limited information on the risk of cardiovascular disease amongst the Deaf community. Given that the access of Deaf people to mainstream health promotion is likely to be hindered by language barriers, we were interested to assess the short-term impact of cardiovascular health promotion within this group. Using a pilot study we investigated changes in cardiovascular risk factors amongst Deaf people identified to be at high cardiovascular risk, who received standard health promotion by a medical team specializing in cardiovascular health promotion. The short-term impact of cardiovascular health promotion in this group did not reduce estimates of cardiovascular risk. The reasons for this are likely to relate to the design and delivery of health promotion to Deaf people, which deserves further study.
Patel, J. V., Gill, P. S., Chackathayil, J., Ojukwu, H., Stemman, P., Sheldon, L., … Hughes, E. A. (2011). Short-Term Effects of Screening for Cardiovascular Risk in the Deaf Community: A Pilot Study. Cardiology Research and Practice, 2011, 1–5. https://doi.org/10.4061/2011/493546