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dc.contributor.authorGhrayeb, Farid AW
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-03T10:44:48Z
dc.date.available2018-09-03T10:44:48Z
dc.date.issued2016-09-15
dc.identifier.issn2422-8419
dc.identifier.urihttps://dspace.alquds.edu/handle/20.500.12213/822
dc.description.abstractHeart disease is the first leading cause of death and disability for women worldwide, yet the condition is largely preventable and few women perceive themselves at risk. Evidence in the literature supports diminished awareness of heart disease among women and limited data as to provider knowledge of the current guidelines for the prevention of heart disease in women. The purpose of this study was to examine the current knowledge levels, personal risk factors related to heart disease among selected university female employees, and to identify variables that best predict health-promoting behaviors among university female employees. A descriptive crosssectional research design was utilized. A stratified sample of 320 Palestinian university females aged 20-58 years completed a questionnaire developed by the researcher to assess their knowledge of heart disease and to assess the heart disease risk factors. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used for data analysis. Results: The sample had an average knowledge score of 45.9% out of a maximum correct score of 100%. Results from data analysis revealed general knowledge of heart disease was relatively low. The risk factors prevalent among them included: hypertension (14.6%), diabetes (11.8%), dyslipidemia (11.1%), overweight (21.8%), smoking (19.6%), and physically inactive (55.4%). Conclusion: Heart disease is the leading cause of death among Palestinians. In this study, Palestinian university women had poor knowledge of heart disease, and many reported having risk factors. Evaluation of baseline knowledge of heart disease and specific risk factors is helpful and can guide tailoring of health prevention strategies to be more effective. Early screening targeting the younger generation is also important to help detect the risk factors in their earliest stages. The screening results may also induce individuals to take action.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThe authors of this paper would like to thank the Faculty of Health Professions and the Department of Nursing, Al Quds University. As well as, the author is grateful to the study participants.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherInternational Knowledge Sharing Platform, IISTEen_US
dc.subjectHeart diseaseen_US
dc.subjectPalestinianen_US
dc.subjectKnowledgeen_US
dc.subjectUniversity womenen_US
dc.subjectRisk factorsen_US
dc.titleKnowledge of Palestinian University Women Employees About Heart Disease: Across-Sectional Studyen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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