Cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal health and falls: Exploring the nexus
ABADI KAHSU GEBRE
Date of Award
Edith Cowan University
Doctor of Philosophy
School of Medical and Health Sciences / Nutrition & Health Innovation Research Institute
Falls and cardiovascular disease (CVD) are continuing to be a significant public concern, requiring a better understanding of their shared risk factors and underpinning mechanisms. While previous, mostly cross-sectional studies, indicate a link between CVD, musculoskeletal health, and falls, their relationships remain poorly understood. This thesis sought to examine the association between clinical/subclinical CVD, musculoskeletal health, injurious falls and fractures. By drawing evidence from multiple publications, including reviews and studies from a prospective cohort, this thesis reports associations between CVD, musculoskeletal outcomes, and falls. The findings of the thesis provide important considerations when designing future fall prevention programs.
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Gebre, A. K. (2023). Cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal health and falls: Exploring the nexus. Edith Cowan University. https://doi.org/10.25958/SHNN-PS46