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Health Care Women Int. 2012;33(12):1114-34. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2012.712172.

Qatari women living with cardiovascular diseases-challenges and opportunities to engage in healthy lifestyles.

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  • 1Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


In Qatar, cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of morbidity and mortality. Cardiovascular diseases can be prevented and controlled by modifying lifestyle risk behaviors. In this qualitative study, we investigate ways to increase participation in physical activity, and to promote a healthy diet, and nonsmoking behavior in Qatari women. Individual in-depth interviews were conducted with 50 Arabic women. Participation in physical activity, observing a healthy diet, and abstinence from smoking are desirable lifestyle practices among Qatari women. Social support networks, cultural values, religion, changing sociodemographic and economic conditions, heart disease, and a harsh climate affect the ability of these women to pursue a healthy lifestyle.

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