A comparison of perceived and objective CVD risk in a general population

Am J Public Health. 1989 Dec;79(12):1653-4. doi: 10.2105/ajph.79.12.1653.


This report examines correspondence between perceived and objective (American Heart Association's RISKO) risk of heart attack and stroke in a randomly selected sample from two surveys (n = 4,171) conducted in each of two New England cities, in 1981-82 and 1983-84, respectively. Results confirmed prior reports that people tend to underestimate their CVD (cardiovascular disease) risk and showed that estimates of those at lowest risk were most accurate.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders*
  • Education
  • Female
  • Health Status Indicators*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myocardial Infarction*
  • Risk Factors
  • Self-Assessment