Cardiovascular Disease Knowledge and Weight Perception Among Hispanic and Non-Hispanic White Women

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.: November 27, 2013

Background: While knowledge of cardiovascular disease (CVD) has improved, it remains low among minority women, thereby contributing to disparities and posing health challenges. Moreover, substantial numbers of women do not recognize that excess weight imposes CVD risk and increases morbidity and decreases survival. In order to test the hypothesis that CVD knowledge is reduced among overweight and obese women, CVD knowledge and weight perception was compared among Hispanic and non-Hispanic white (NHW) women.

Methods: Data from 382 Hispanic and 301 NHW women, participants in the Heart Health in Action database (n=829), were analyzed from a structured behavioral risk factor surveillance system (BRFSS) questionnaire to assess demographics, risk factors, and CVD knowledge. Multivariable logistic regression analysis was utilized to test for differences between Hispanic and NHW women regarding knowledge with covariates of age, education, and body mass index (BMI). Read More