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                            Walden University
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African American Women's Perceptions of Personal Risks for Heart Disease
	Fecelia Laurice Holt
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African American Women's Perceptions of Personal
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Fecelia Laurice Holt
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Walden University




College of Health Sciences





This is to certify that the doctoral dissertation by



Fecelia Holt



has been found to be complete and satisfactory in all respects,
and that any and all revisions required by
the review committee have been made.




Review Committee
Dr. Jacqueline Fraser, Committee Chairperson, Public Health Faculty

Dr. Bernice Kennedy, Committee Member, Public Health Faculty
Dr. David Stein, University Reviewer, Public Health Faculty







Chief Academic Officer
Eric Riedel, Ph.D.





Walden University
2014

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listed other factors for heart disease. Some of the factors that were mentioned by less

than 5.7% of the women were hereditary, drinking alcohol, stress, blockage, clogged

arteries, and depression (see Table 9).

Table 9

Knowledge of Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Risk Factors Frequency Percent



Diabetes 2 .5
High Blood Pressure 7 1.8
High Cholesterol 14 3.6
Smoking 5 1.3
Poor Diet 38 9.8
Physical Inactivity 5 1.3
Overweight 22 5.7
Listed 2 of the Risk factors 151 38.8
Listed 3 of the Risk factors 58 14.9
Listed 4 of the Risk factors 24 6.2
Listed 5 of the Risk factors 16 4.1
Listed 6 of the Risk factors 1 .3
Listed 7 of the Risk Factors 1 .3
Listed other Risk Factors 22 5.7
Don't Know 23 5.9
Total 389 100.0


Knowledge of Heart Attack Symptoms

The knowledge of six symptoms of a heart attack (chest pain, fatigue, nausea,

pain in the shoulder, neck, or arm, shortness of breath, and tightness of chest) was

measured by the identified heart attack symptoms on the original AHA Women’s Health

Study. Chest pain, fatigue, nausea, pain in the shoulder, neck, or arm, shortness of

breath, or either tightness of chest were listed among 32.6% of the women. Most of the

women (34%) listed two of the heart attack symptoms, 16.3% of the women listed three

of the heart attack symptoms, 2.8% listed four of the heart attack symptoms, and less than

1% (1) of the women listed all six of the heart attack symptoms. Only 4.1% of the

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women didn’t know any of the heart attack symptoms. Some of the women (9.5%)

referenced other symptoms to having a heart attack (see Table 10).

Table 10

Knowledge of Heart Attack Symptoms

Heart Attack Symptoms Frequency Percent



Chest Pain 61 15.7
Fatigue 7 1.8
Nausea 4 1.0
Pain in shoulder, neck, or arm 21 5.4
Shortness of breath 21 5.4
Tightness of chest 13 3.3
Listed 2 of the HA symptoms 134 34.4
Listed 3 of the HA symptoms 63 16.2
Listed 4 of the HA symptoms 11 2.8
Listed 5 of the HA symptoms 1 .3
Listed other HA symptoms 37 9.5
Don't Know 16 4.1
Total 389 100.0


Perceptions of Personal Risks for Heart Disease

The women’s perceptions of personal risks for heart disease was measured by the

survey question: tell me the extent to which you worry about getting heart disease. The

women selected worry a lot, worry a little, or do not worry at all. Nearly half of the

women (46.5%) worry a little about getting heart disease, 29.6% worry a lot about getting

heart disease, and 23.9% of the women do not worry at all about getting heart disease

(see Table 11).

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Research Experience
• African American Women’s Perceptions of Personal Risks

for Heart Disease


• Adolescent Obesity

Teaching Experience
CEO
Divine Epiphany, LLC
• Child Care Director/Provider (2008-2012)

Comprehensive Awareness Program Instructor
Twin Cedars (2001-2007)
• Taught Parenting classes and coping skills to youth and

their parents in the juvenile court system

Parenting Instructor
One Hundred Black Men of West Georgia Inc. (2002- 2003)
• Taught Parenting classes quarterly to parents of youth

that are in the juvenile court system




Certification
• CPR and First Aid Certified trainer

Technical and Research Skills
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel,

Outlook, and Power Point
• Ability to conduct literature reviews, data collection and

analysis



Affiliations/Memberships
• Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
• American Public Health Association
• Golden Key Honor Society



Honors/Awards
• Walden University, Presentation Honoraria recipient
• 100 Black Men of West Georgia, Inc. Service Dedication recognition

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• Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Community Service Award

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