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Introduction This study aims at providing insight and documentation into the public’s understanding of cardiovascular disease, the global leading cause of death. Data shows that a large percentage of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is preventable, however, the numbers continue to rise (WHO, 2011). The first part of the report will explain CVD and discuss the related economic burden. Next, relevant literature is reviewed to report on previous studies of the same subject. Finally, the study paradigms and design have been explained. The objective of this research plan is to contribute to knowledge regarding women’s understanding of cardiovascular disease. By reviewing the population’s understanding, we can ascertain optimal strategies to implement and identify knowledge “gaps”. Determining what information is missing, and communicating this information is key in preventing chronic disease. Research Topic Cardiovascular disease refers to any disease affecting the heart or blood vessels, including major ailments such as hypertension, coronary heart disease, and stroke (WHO, 2011). There are several factors thought to be correlated with CVD risk including; inadequate diet, physical inactivity, high levels of blood cholesterol, overweight and obesity and tobacco use (WHO, 2011). Cardiovascular disease is responsible for 30% of death on a global scale and the leading cause of both mortality and morbidity in Australia (AIHW, 2010). In 2008, 17million Australian’s died from CVD and by 2030 this number is thought to rise to 26.3 million (AIHW, 2010). Premature death and disability associated with CVD continues to cause extensive strain on individuals, as well as tremendous social and economical strain. Between 2004 and 2005 CVD cost the ... ... middle of paper ... ...109.192666 Mosca, L., Ferris, A., Fabunmi, R., & Robertson, R. M. (2004). Tracking women's awareness of heart disease: an American Heart Association national study. [Comparative Study Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't]. Circulation, 109(5), 573-579. doi: 10.1161/01.CIR.0000115222.69428.C9 NIH. (2012). Heart Disease in Women . from U.S. National Library of Medicine Oliver-McNeil, S., & Artinian, N. T. (2002). Women's Perceptions of Personal Cardiovascular Risk and Their Risk-Reducing Behaviors. Am J Crit Care, 11, 221-227. Pfizer. (2004). healthy hearts. In P. Australia (Ed.). Sydney: Pfizer Australia. Torrence, M. (1997). Understand Epidemiology. St Louis: Mosby. WHO. (2011). Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) from World Health Organization
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