Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a common problem in veterans. These individuals generally have heightened risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD); therefore, reducing CVD risk may reduce concomitant illness and mortality in veterans with SCI. This study aimed to determine the influence of a multidisciplinary risk management program on CVD risk. Over a 2 yr period, we found small changes in body weight, plasma insulin, and blood lipids, but these changes were not consistent across visits. Such programs present more challenges than those in ambulatory persons, and more intensive risk intervention may be required to appreciably reduce CVD risk in SCI.
Volume 49 Number 9, 2012
Pages 1355 — 1364
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