Physicians Neglect Discussions With Women About Heart Disease
With so much about women and heart disease in the news, can you believe that
still only 4 out of 10 physicians even discuss heart disease with their
female patients?! This finding was revealed in a recent survey from the American
Heart Association (AHA).
How can this be, when heart disease is the number one killer of women--as well
as men--in our country? One survey result showed that heart disease is still
a seriously misunderstood illness among American women: fewer than one in 10
see it as their greatest health threat.
revealed that while only 20% of the women had actually discussed heart disease
with a healthcare professional in the last year, most said that they were informed
on heart disease by the media.
Not surprisingly though, specific knowledge about heart disease was inadequate.
Only 36% of women surveyed recognized the common symptoms of stroke, and many
do not know the classic symptoms of a heart attack.
also found that a third of the women thought heart disease could suddenly develop
between 35 and 49 - despite the fact that this illness is widely known to develop
gradually, often starting at a very early age.
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[This survey was conducted
by Harris Interactive. It assessed women's perceptions and sources of information
regarding general health risks as well as heart disease and stroke. An update
of a previous poll completed in 1997, the survey involved a national random
sample of 1004 women older than 25 years of age who were interviewed by telephone
in June and July of 2000. It was reported in the medical journal Circulation;
5/15/01; pages 2318-2320].
Created: 7/9/2001  - Donnica Moore, M.D.