Date of Graduation

Spring 2017

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Major

Exercise Science - PrePhysical Therapy

Research Sponsor

Laura Richardson

First Reader

Melissa Smith

Second Reader

Rachele Kappler

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore factors that may predispose college seniors to pre-hypertensive or hypertensive blood pressures. This study was done by taking students' blood pressures and administering a self reported survey to all participants asking about predisposing factors. Results indicated that none of the students tested exhibited hypertensive blood pressures, but five of them had pre-hypertensive blood pressures. Factors that seemed to correlate with the pre-hypertensive students included commute time, having changed majors during their college career, alcohol consumption, hours worked per week and post graduation plans (or lack thereof).

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