Perception of Heart Attack Risk

The majority of women in the focus groups believed heart attacks were a male problem. Older women (over age 65) did not link their health conditions to increased risk of a heart attack, especially after menopause. Men at higher risk due to the presence of one or more risk factors, discounted their personal risk if they were receiving regular health care for a chronic condition. Men were more likely than women to say that they were too young to experience a heart attack, perceiving it as a phenomenon of the elderly (53).

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