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Hispanic Women's Symptoms of Coronary Heart Disease: Are They Different?

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Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the number one cause of death in women, yet few health care providers know a woman's early warning signs and symptoms of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Because most studies have focused on White, English-speaking women, it is unknown whether women of varied ethnic backgrounds report their symptoms differently, especially when factors related to language, perception of illness, and familiarity with the health care system are evaluated. The purposes of this descriptive study were to explore Hispanic women's early warning symptoms of ACS and to examine how their understanding of these symptoms contributed to their decision to seek medical treatment. The findings from this study are foundational in developing future studies related to cardiovascular disease in Hispanic women.

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La enfermedad coronaria del corazón es la causa mas frecuente de muerte en las mujeres, sin embargo los signos y síntomas de alerta de los síndromes coronarios son poco conocidos por los proveedores de salud. La mayoría de los estudios epidemiológicos se han realizado hasta el momento en mujeres de la raza blanca, en quienes el idioma primario es el inglés. Pero se desconoce si el origen étnico de estas mujeres tiene alguna relación al reportar los síntomas principalmente si se toman en consideración algunos aspectos como el lenguaje, la percepción de la enfermedad y la familiaridad que tengan con el sistema de atención de salud. El objetivo de este estudio descriptivo es explorar los signos y síntomas de alerta de la enfermedad coronaria en las mujeres hispanas y analizar como el entendimiento de estos síntomas contribuye a la decisión de buscar atención médica oportuna. Los resultados de este estudio son fundamentales para desarrollar futuros estudios acerca de las enfermedades coronarias en las mujeres hispanas.
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Keywords: HEART DISEASE; HISPANIC WOMEN; SYMPTOMS; WOMEN

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2011

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