Farbod Raiszadeh

Senior Researcher, New York City Health & Hospitals

1 active project

First Project Columbia IHN Harlem Food Insecurity in CHF

Is there a difference in BMI between patients with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) who are food secure and food insecure? Is there a difference in cardiovascular disease markers between patients with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) who are food secure and…

Scientific Questions Being Studied

Is there a difference in BMI between patients with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) who are food secure and food insecure?
Is there a difference in cardiovascular disease markers between patients with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) who are food secure and food insecure?

We're exploring these questions to better understand the impact of food insecurity on cardiovascular disease, which tends to have a significant lifestyle component.

Project Purpose(s)

  • Disease Focused Research (congestive heart failure)

Scientific Approaches

We plan on building a cohort of CHF patients. The dataset will contain demographic information, responses to the 2 food insecurity questions (Social Determinants of Health survey), BMI and lab measurements relevant to CHF.

We will split the cohort between food secure and food insecure patients. We will define food security as responding "never" to both food insecurity questions.
We will then examine the differences in BMI and lab measurements relevant to CHF in both groups.

Anticipated Findings

We expect a higher mean BMI and more CHF risk markers in the food insecure group as compared to the food secure group.

For many patients with CVD, the advice to eat healthier and exercise more but this may not be feasible for some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Findings that indicate worse outcomes for food insecure patients would indicate the need to reevaluate our approach to care.

Demographic Categories of Interest

  • Race / Ethnicity
  • Age
  • Income Level

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