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Are women worrying about heart disease?

Biswas MS, Calhoun PS, Bosworth HB, Bastian LA. Are women worrying about heart disease? Women's health issues : official publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health. 2002 Jul 1; 12(4):204-11.

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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.

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