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"Missing Pieces": Exploring Cardiac Risk Perceptions in Older Women.
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PMID:  23293985     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Approximately 95% of older women have factors that put them at risk for developing cardiovascular disease, but research indicates many do not perceive themselves to be at risk. We examined older women's perceived risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) and the factors influencing their perceptions. We conducted a descriptive, qualitative study using in-depth, individual interviews and quantitative measures to assess perceived risk and risk factors. Twenty-four older African American and Caucasian women had a mean 4.46 cardiac risk factors but perceived their own CHD risk as unrealistically low at 1.95 cm (SD = 1.57, on 0-to-8 cm visual analogue scale). Narrative data clustered in themes that represented a lack of fact-based information and multiple misconceptions about CHD and prevention. Major improvements in CHD health are only achievable if risk factors are prevented. This research suggests older women have substantial needs for consistent CHD information and prevention guidance.
Leanne L Lefler; Jean C McSweeney; Kimberly K Garner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Research in gerontological nursing     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1940-4921     ISO Abbreviation:  Res Gerontol Nurs     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101392499     Medline TA:  Res Gerontol Nurs     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  1-9     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright 2013, SLACK Incorporated.
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