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Public Knowledge of Cardiovascular Risk Numbers: Contextual Factors Affecting Knowledge and Health Behavior, and the Impact of Public Health Campaigns

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Public Knowledge of Cardiovascular Risk Numbers: Contextual Factors Affecting Knowledge and Health Behavior, and the Impact of Public Health Campaigns

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality globally. A critical component of American Heart Association (AHA) efforts to reduce cardiovascular morbidity, and mortality involves enhancing the public's knowledge and management of modifiable risk factors. Studies have been mixed with regard to the knowledge of personal and target levels in the general community for key cardiovascular indicators. The present chapter is a review of the recent literature (2005–17) on adults' knowledge/awareness for personal and target levels of four key cardiovascular metrics identified by AHA (blood pressure, lipids, body mass, and glucose) and relationships of knowledge to health behaviors. We also address some of the potential determinants of knowledge that have been suggested (i.e., race/ethnicity and level of risk). In addition, we review the current literature on the effectiveness of interventions for enhancing knowledge/awareness.

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Book Chapter

Book Title

Lifestyle in Heart Health and Disease

ISBN

978-0128112793

Publication Date

2018

Publisher

Elsevier: Academic Press

City

London

First Page

11

Last Page

20

Notes

Ronald Ross Watson and Sherma Zibadi, Editors.

Public Knowledge of Cardiovascular Risk Numbers: Contextual Factors Affecting Knowledge and Health Behavior, and the Impact of Public Health Campaigns
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