Are women worrying about heart disease?

Womens Health Issues. Jul-Aug 2002;12(4):204-11. doi: 10.1016/s1049-3867(02)00136-6.


Women at risk for coronary artery disease (CAD) may not be worried about the disease. In this study, demographic, CAD-risk, and CAD-worry data collected from Durham Veterans' Affairs Medical Center women veterans were examined using bivariate and multivariate analysis with worry as the outcome. Excluding CAD patients (N = 64) and incomplete data (N = 17) of 328 women, 42% worried about CAD. Younger age, single marital status, obesity, family history, and hyperlipidemia were associated with worry. Of women with up to three risk factors, fewer than half worried about CAD. Higher-risk women were unconcerned about CAD. This could undermine prevention efforts.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Coronary Artery Disease / psychology*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • North Carolina
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • United States
  • Women's Health*