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Knowledge Levels of Individuals about the Impact of COVID-19 Infection on Cardiovascular Diseases | Abstract
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International Journal of Medical Research & Health Sciences (IJMRHS)
ISSN: 2319-5886 Indexed in: ESCI (Thomson Reuters)

Abstract

Knowledge Levels of Individuals about the Impact of COVID-19 Infection on Cardiovascular Diseases

Author(s):Hilal Uysal* and Saliha Sinem Yalcin

Purpose: The study was planned and administered as a descriptive study to determine knowledge levels of individuals on the effect of COVID-19 infection on cardiovascular diseases. Method: The study was administered from 20th October to 20th January 2021 in Turkey by including 501 individuals, who were subjected to home lockdown due to COVID-19, meet inclusion criteria, and were willing to attend the study. Socio-demographic data collection form, question form for knowledge on COVID-19, and assessment form for knowledge on the effect of COVID-19 infection on cardiovascular diseases were used. Results: It was found that, of the attendants, the average age was 34.89 ± 12.01 and 72.9% were women. The majority of individuals stated that they agreed that COVID-19 was respiratory disease (84.9%), an infectious disease (96.8%), and was transmitted by touching contaminated surfaces (74.7%). It was determined that those who stated that the duration of symptoms of COVID-19 was between 2-14 days, was majority (90.4%). The majority of individuals (94.2%) stated that they agreed that COVID-19 poses risk in those with hypertension and heart disease and disagreed that the risk of transmitting COVID-19 to individuals with heart disease is minimal (87%). It was found that those (34.9%) who agree that complaint of fatigue, a symptom of COVID-19, is a risk for development of heart disease, those who disagree (31.9%), and those who do not know this (33.1%) were in similar rates. Conclusion: It was found that individuals who attended the study had good knowledge about COVID-19 infection and effects on heart disease; however, they were inadequate to know symptoms of COVID-19.


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