U.S. women are unaware they could be ‘heartsick’

February 7, 2018

Results of a national poll, commissioned by CVS Health and released on January 3, reveal that—while 92% of American women are aware of the dangers of heart disease—few acknowledge their personal risk for an attack.

In fact, just 18% of women nationwide consider heart disease to be the greatest health problem facing Americans today and the majority of American women are unaware of their status for factors that could increase their risk of heart disease—including cholesterol levels (57%), blood sugar (58%), Body Mass Index (BMI) (61%), or waist circumference (62%).

The poll was conducted as part of CVS Health’s continued support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, which calls upon women to come together to take action in the fight against heart disease and stroke.

The results of the national survey of 1,141 adult women, conducted on behalf of CVS Health by Morning Consult, also found that heart-related conditions are prevalent among U.S. women, with more than one in three women (37%) saying they have conditions such as high cholesterol, hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, history of stroke or a heart defect.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading killer among women, causing one in three deaths each year, or one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, about 80% of cardiovascular diseases can be prevented through education and lifestyle changes.

According to the survey results, 64% of women say pharmacists play a role in managing heart health, but few (15%) say they have asked their pharmacist questions about heart health or about the heart medications they are taking (36%). Of those who had questions about their heart medications, 70% say they found their pharmacist to be very helpful.

Research contactJoseph.Goode@CVSHealth.com