Indian Journal of Science and Technology
Year: 2015, Volume: 8, Issue: 33, Pages: 1-5
Rakesh Tomar* , Abdul Hameed Al Ameer and Varghese C. Antony
Background/Objectives: To describe the perception and awareness of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) among university teachers of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and to compare if there were differences between high and low risk groups on knowledge of cardiovascular disease. Method: A questionnaire consisting of 44 statements adopted from Heart Disease Fact Questionnaire -2 (HDFQ -2) and Behavioural Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) was distributed to 87 teachers of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) to assess knowledge of Cardiovascular Disease among participants. The study took place between 1st January 2012 and 1st January 2014 at KFUPM, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. An exploratory study design was used to describe the perception and awareness towards of teachers towards CVD. T -Test was employed to compare knowledge of heart disease between risk groups. Results: Results revealed no significant difference between low and high risk groups on knowledge of Cardiovascular Disease (t = -.372, p = .711). The mean knowledge scores for low risk group were (72.97) while high risk group was (74.31). From results it was evident that greater awareness and knowledge of heart disease does not affect life style or risk factors of heart disease. Application/Improvement: There was no relation between knowledge of Cardiovascular Disease, lifestyle habits and risk factors among teachers. Teachers misperceived their general health and body mass. Higher risk group teachers were unable to perceive their heath correctly.
Keywords: Cardiovascular Disease, Perception, University Teachers
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