Many Women Misinformed About Heart Disease
Study Shows Lack of Knowledge About Heart Attack Symptoms
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Those surveyed said that better access to healthy foods and public
recreation facilities as well as listing nutritional information in restaurants
would make it easier for them to follow healthier lifestyles. Right now, the
most common reason they did not do so was that they were busy taking care of a
loved one. The second most common reason cited for failing to follow a
heart-healthy lifestyle was uncertainty about how to proceed, which stemmed
from confusing media reports.
The findings underscore the importance of heart disease education among
women and their families. Educational campaigns can help prevent death and
disability from cardiovascular disease, the researchers say.
"It's particularly important that national campaigns cut through the mixed
messages women receive and deliver the facts about how they can prevent heart
disease," says Mosca.
The American Heart Association recently announced its strategic goal for
2020: improve the cardiovascular health of Americans by 20% and reduce heart
disease-related and stroke-related deaths by the same amount.
"Our study shows that these goals will be virtually impossible to achieve
without first creating awareness among multicultural and younger women,
educating women about the warning signs of heart attack and underscoring the
importance of calling 9-1-1 immediately if they are experiencing heart attack
symptoms," Mosca says.
The findings appear in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and