Date of Award


Degree Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health

Field of Study

Health Management and Policy


School of Public Health

First Advisor

Kristine Lykens


Liewer, Linda J., Barriers to Women’s Cardiovascular Risk Knowledge: A Tarrant County Study. Master of Public Health (Health Management and Policy), May 2004, 71 pp., 19 tables, 6 illustrations, 36 references, 17 titles. Women’s death rate from cardiovascular disease is greater than the death rate from all cancers. Awareness and knowledge of a disease are key to dealing with it, yet many women are still unaware of their CVD risk. The purpose of this study is to identify the barriers to knowledge about cardiovascular disease risk in women in Tarrant County. Interviews with administrative personnel in 10 community organizations confirmed the lack of awareness of CVD. Barriers included: women in caregiver roles advocate effectively for their family members, but less effectively for themselves; physician communication with women regarding CVD is often suboptimal; women fear breast cancer far more than CVD; a program deficiency exists in Tarrant County; lack of a visible woman champion and heart disease is still seen as a man’s disease.