Dr. Jagdish Hiremath – Cardiologist, Pune.
One of the recent studies by WHO indicated that, by the year 2010, India will have highest number of heart patients. It is expected that, as in the rest of the world, women will be as prone to this as men. This fact is, however, not well understood or known. To promote awareness of heart care among women, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has launched a nationwide running campaign in the US.
The My Fit Heart Program has teamed up with eminent cardiologists across the country to create a similar campaign in India. The Women and Heart Care Program has been initiated with a study among urban women to assess awareness levels on heart care.
A survey on awareness of urban women in India on heart care as well as overall attitude to health was conducted in Pune under the guidance of Dr. Jagdish Hiremath. The survey was conducted on a random sample of 234 women aged above 25. This report lists the survey findings and conclusions.
A structured questionnaire was used to elicit responses from 234 women above the age of 25. The survey was conducted over the phone and through email.
The questionnaire assessed the level of awareness about heart diseases, preventive measures for heart disease and knowledge of the available cures for heart ailments among urban Indian women.
Questions were also posed to determine how proactive the respondents were with regard to keeping fit and adopting a healthy lifestyle.
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