Mar 06, 2019
By Jane Brown
Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the U.S. And yet, only 10 per cent of young American women identified heart disease as a cause of early death.
Nearly 8 in 10 women expressed little to no concern about developing heart disease whereas 43 per cent expressed concern about depression and anxiety.
In two separate studies of the same population, Harvard researchers found that young women are not concerned about their potential to develop heart disease, despite it being the leading cause of death among women nationwide.
They conducted surveys on 331 women ages 15 to 24 who were waiting for primary care appointments at two Boston centres, one in an academic clinic and the other at a community health centre.
They then selected 32 women from within this group to carry out focus studies.
They found that barriers to heart healthy actions cited by these women include stress and failure to perceive oneself at risk.
The results are on AHA-dot-org.