Most Americans misinformed about, unafraid of heart disease: survey
Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic conducted phone surveys of more than 1,000 people 18 or older. Nearly three-quarters said they are not afraid they will die from heart disease.
Among other survey findings:
- 61 percent of Americans incorrectly believe vitamins or supplements can help prevent heart disease.
- Only 30 percent know that unusual fatigue, sleep disturbances, and jaw pain can all be signs of heart disease.
- 44 percent incorrectly believe cholesterol, a heart disease contributor, can be lowered by vitamins.
Researchers also found that only 26 percent of people with a family history of heart disease – a large risk factor – were taking steps to improve their cardiovascular health. These steps include eating right, exercising regularly and refraining from smoking.