Sunday, July 10, 2011

Heart Smart: How Health Literacy Directly Affects Your Heart Health

"Health literacy refers to the ability to acquire, process and understand basic health information and services required to make appropriate health decisions", according to author Robert Preidt of HealthDay.

The lower the level of "health literacy," the more likely the patient will be at risk for hospitalization and death due to heart failure.

Therefore, the question is posed as to whether heart failure patients should be screened to determine how educated they are about their health.


1 comment:

Monica Devine said...

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