Ilka Lowensteyn

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BACKGROUND The prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED) and associated risk factors has been described in many clinical settings, but there is little information regarding men seen by primary care physicians. We sought to identify independent factors associated with ED in a primary care setting. METHODS We surveyed a cross-sectional sample of 3921 Canadian(More)
BACKGROUND The Coronary Health Assessment Study (CHAS) was developed to determine the feasibility of using patient-specific, multifactorial computerized coronary risk profiles as a clinical decision aid to support primary prevention of CHD. METHODS Study participants included 253 community based physicians, randomized into profile and control groups, and(More)
The objectives of this study were a) to evaluate health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among women with postpartum depression, b) examine the association between severity of depressive symptoms and level of impairment in physical and mental HRQoL and c) to identify contributors to physical and mental HRQoL. Seventy-eight women scoring ≥10 on the Edinburgh(More)
OBJECTIVE Treatment recommendations for fibromyalgia (FM) include regular physical exercise. In this prospective study we examined predictors for adherence to stretching and aerobic exercises in women provided with an individualized home based program. METHODS Thirty-nine women kept exercise diaries for 12 weeks. RESULTS For both types of exercise,(More)
This cross-sectional study aims to determine the prevalence and determinants of depressive symptoms in first-time expectant fathers during their partner's third trimester of pregnancy. As part of a prospective study examining depressive symptoms in men over the first postnatal year, 622 men (mean age = 34.3 years, ±5.0 years) completed standardized online(More)
PURPOSE Recent guidelines from the Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation highlight the importance of addressing sleep disturbance among participants of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs. The primary objective of this study was to examine the relationship between depressive symptoms, health-related quality of life, and sleep disturbance in CR(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the ability of doctors in primary care to assess risk patients' risk of coronary heart disease. DESIGN Questionnaire survey. SETTING Continuing medical education meetings, Ontario and Quebec, Canada. SUBJECTS Community based doctors who agreed to enroll in the coronary health assessment study. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE Ratings of(More)
BACKGROUND The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is highly effective in promoting weight loss in overweight and obese individuals. However, one-on-one DPP sessions are costly. As a cost-saving alternative, a group version of the DPP, called Group Lifestyle Balance program (GLB), has been developed but has been shown to be less effective. The aim of this(More)
Isometric quadriceps exercises are used early in knee rehabilitation. Varying knee or foot position is hypothesized to selectively activate specific quadriceps muscles. This study examined the activities of the vastus medialis oblique, vastus lateralis, and rectus femoris during isometric contractions at 90 degrees, 150 degrees, and 175 degrees knee angles(More)
BACKGROUND The management of cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension and dyslipidemia is poorly described in many communities, and the benefits associated with tighter control remain unknown. We used data from the 2007 MyHealthCheckup survey to document the treatment gaps and estimated the potential benefits of better adherence to recommended(More)