Knowledge of heart attack and stroke symptoms among US Native American Adults: A cross-sectional population-based study analyzing a multi-year BRFSS database

Jared C. Van Hooser, Krista L. Rouse, Mandy L. Meyer, Amanda M. Siegler, Beth M. Fruehauf, Elliot H. Ballance, Sarah M. Solberg, Michael J. Dibble, M. Nawal Lutfiyya

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Abstract

Background: Heart disease and stroke are among the leading causes of death in Native Americans. Knowledge of heart attack and stroke symptomology are essential for prompt identification of symptoms and for appropriate action in seeking care. Knowledge of heart attack and stroke symptoms among US Native American adults was this study's focus. Methods: Multivariate techniques were used to analyze national surveillance data. Native American adults comprised the study population. Low heart attack and stroke knowledge score was the dependent variable. Results: Logistic regression analysis yielded that Native American adults with low heart attack and stroke composite knowledge scores were more likely to be: older, less educated, poorer, uninsured, a rural resident, male, without a primary health care provider, and lacking a recent medical checkup. Conclusions: The identified characteristics of Native American adults with heart attack and stroke knowledge deficits or disparities should guide educational initiatives by health care providers focusing on improving such knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number40
JournalBMC public health
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 10 2020

Keywords

  • Heart attack symptoms
  • Knowledge of heart attack and stroke symptomology
  • Native American adults
  • Stroke symptoms

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  • Journal Article

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