A Cleveland Clinic survey of US adults found that only 8% know that the majority of heart disease is due to modifiable risk factors.
Americans are worried about their hearts--nearly two-thirds (63%) believe there is heart disease in their futures, yet only 8% seem to know that most heart disease is caused by modifiable/controllable risk factors.These findings are from a new survey conducted by the Cleveland Clinic's Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute to coincide with other awareness-building campaigns during the 56th annual American Heart Month (February).What do your primary care patients know about heart disease and their own heart health? The balance of the survey results, in the slides below, may be an eye opener and a call to action for patient education.
According to the American Heart Association, the past several decades have seen steady improvement in cardiovascular mortality, but that momentum has stalled. Findings of the Cleveland Clinic survey, which highlight a general lack of knoweldge among American adults regarding cardiovascular health, reflect an opportunity for intensive patient education to help refuel that lost momentum.
Survey methods: Online survey conducted among a national probability sample of 1000 US adults aged ≥18 years. Sample data is nationally representative based on census data indicating age, gender, ethnicity and educational attainment. Survey completed between September 23 and September 26, 2018. The margin of error for the total sample at the 95% confidence level is +/- 3.1 percentage points.
More than two-thirds of Americans (68%) do not know that heart disease is the leading cause of death among women. More than one-quarter of both men (44%) and women (33%) surveyed repsonded that breast cancer is the primary cause of death in women.
Among Millennials (b 1980 to 1994), 88% could not identify heart disease as the most lethal among women.
More than half of survey respondents did not recognize nausea/vomiting (60%) and new or dramatic fatigue (55%) as key symptoms of heart attack in women.
Nearly all (90%) of heart disease is related to risk factors that can be controlled or modified. Less than 10% of Americans (8%) are aware of that fact.
The proper time to begin cholesterol testing is in one's 20s - but 80% of Americans do not know that. More than one-quarter (29%) mistakenly believe that the heart-healthiest diet is a low-fat diet.
Only 19% of survey respondents chose the Mediterannean diet as the one best for heart health. A concerning 58% continue to believe that daily aspirin is an effective way to prevent heart disease.
Approximately 20% of Americans believe e-cigarette vaping is not harmful to the heart and 26% of Millennials hold that belief.
More than half (58%) of Americans get less than the recommended 150 mins/wk of regular exercise and 14% admit that they do no exercise at all.