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Acta Médica Peruana

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MOYANO, Daniela  and  DEL SUELDO, Rosana. Perceptions, beliefs and knowledge associated with cardiovascular diseases in a group of women of the La Pampa, Argentina. Acta méd. Peru [online]. 2017, vol.34, n.4, pp.294-300. ISSN 1728-5917.

Objective: The study had it aim explorer the perceptions, beliefs and knowledge of a group adult women associated with cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in the context of the public health system of Argentina. 2014. Material and methods: A qualitative study of exploratory character was carried out from 15 exploratory interviews to women between 30 and 60 years old that were treated in the public health system if the La Pampa province, Argentina in the year 2014. Two analysis groups were formed, one constituted by women who attended an outpatient consultation by outpatient hospital and other group consisted of participants in a public program for the prevention of non-communicable chronic diseases with a focus on physical activity. The used a purposive and opportunity sampling approach. Results: The women perceived his general health and cardiovascular as 'good', whit some degree of ignorance about which are cardiovascular diseases and with beliefs that are due to 'family inheritance' or 'random'. The knowledge ab out cardiovascular risk factors they focused in 'high cholesterol', to a less extent in 'sedentarism' and 'unhealthy eating'. Mainly women under preventive program recognized the 'sedentarism'. Many of the interviewees did not recognize any behavior that benefits the care of cardiovascular health, while those who did recognize existence only alluded to physical activity and healthy eating. There were no beliefs of the link between 'age' and 'being a woman' with cardiovascular diseases. Conclusions: It is concluded that women had some degree of ignorance and a low perception of risk reinforced by beliefs rooted in CVD and that could be explained by different social, cultural and, gender determinants

Keywords : Woman; Cardiovascular diseases; Public health.

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