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- C. Noel Bairey Merz,
- Holly Andersen,
- Mark Keida,
- Emily Sprague,
- Mary Walsh,
- Phyllis Greenberger,
- Susan Campbell,
- Irene Pollin,
- Nancy Brown,
- Marjorie Jenkins,
- Rita Redberg,
- Paula Johnson and
- British Robinson
Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of women, yet few take risk assessment action. In November 2014, the Women's Heart Alliance conducted a nationwide survey to determine risk assessment barriers and opportunities.
From September 18-26, 2014, 1,011 U.S. women ages 25-60 were interviewed using GfK KnowledgePanel - the only representative panel of the American public, covering 97% of US households. Respondents are selected using random probability address-based sampling; Internet service was provided as needed for full representation. Final data were weighted by age, region, race/ethnicity, education, and income, according to the March 2014 Current Population Survey. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3.4 percentage points.
Fully 74% report one or more risk factors, yet a minority (16%) were told they were at risk, while 34% were told to lose weight (Figure). Almost half (45%) cancel/postpone a health appointment until losing weight; 76% rarely/never discuss heart health with family/friends. Women are more apt to defer doctor visits than doing their taxes (63% vs. 27%).
Women are aware of risk factors, yet few are advised of heart risk. Social stigma regarding body weight may contribute to women not discussing heart health. These findings suggest a need to de-stigmatize the disease by promoting the use of validated risk factor scores. Communication and outreach should counter stereotypes about heart disease with facts and guideline risk assessment.
Poster Area, South Hall A1
Monday, April 04, 2016, 9:45 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Session Title: New Frontiers in Preventive Cardiology
Abstract Category: 33. Prevention: Clinical
Presentation Number: 1271-397
- 2016 American College of Cardiology Foundation