Heart disease awareness among college students

Kristina M. Collins, Marilyn Dantico, Nelma B C Shearer, Kenneth L. Mossman

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The purpose of this research was to explore college students' attitudes about heart disease risks and preventive strategies. The survey population consisted of students enrolled in selected lecture courses at Arizona State University. A total of 1481 surveys were used in data analysis. Respondents indicated a lower perception of heart disease risk for women than for men, and a majority of students incorrectly believed that breast cancer is a more significant health concern for women than heart disease. Respondents in most ethnic groups believed that whites are most at risk for developing heart disease. Students overall had relatively low levels of knowledge about heart disease and its risk factors compared to other health issues, such as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and psychological disorders. The results suggest that educational intervention is necessary to increase college students' knowledge about heart disease; and, in particular, efforts need to be made to raise awareness about heart disease among women and minorities. Guidelines for future educational intervention must address common misconceptions about which demographic groups are at risk for developing heart disease and address gaps in knowledge that young people have regarding heart disease prevention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-420
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Community Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2004


  • awareness
  • ethnicity
  • gender
  • heart disease
  • students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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