Fewer ladies conscious of coronary heart illness as main reason for demise

Fewer women aware of heart disease as leading cause of death

(HealthDay) – From 2009 to 2019, there was a decline in awareness among US women that heart disease is the leading cause of death (LCOD) in women. This is according to a special report from the American Heart Association published online on Sept. 21st Traffic.

Mary Cushman, M.D., of the University of Vermont at Burlington, and colleagues surveyed American women (≥25 years) in January 2009 and January 2019 to examine longitudinal trends in cardiovascular disease awareness as LCOD in women.

The researchers found that heart disease awareness as LCOD was 65 percent in 2009 and decreased to 44 percent in 2019. Awareness was higher with age and education in 2019, and lower among non-white women and those with hypertension. The decline in awareness was seen in all races / races and ages, with the exception of women ≥ 65 years of age. The largest decreases were seen in Hispanic women, non-Hispanic black women, and 25 to 34 year olds (odds ratios of awareness compared to 2009's 2019: 0.14, 0.31 and 0.19, respectively). There was also a decrease in awareness of heart attack symptoms.

"This is an urgent call to organizations ranging from public health professionals, government and health professionals to community organizations such as churches and employers to take up the challenge with enthusiasm to better educate women about their risk for heart disease." Cushman said in a statement.

Two authors disclosed financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry.

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