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New Survey Suggests Confusion, Lack of Awareness About Heart Failure Could Be Preventing Critical Early Detection and Treatment
Date:2/12/2008

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The Society of Chest Pain Centers (http://www.scpcp.org) is a non-profit international professional organization focused upon improving care for patients with acute coronary syndromes and other maladies.

The Society promotes protocol-based medicine, often delivered through a Chest Pain Center model to address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndromes, acute decompensated heart failure, and to promote the adoption of process improvement science by healthcare providers.

About the Survey

This Heart Failure study was conducted online within the United States on behalf of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN), the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) and the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) between December 27 and December 31, 2007 among 4,912 U.S. adults ages 18+.

Results were weighted as needed for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region, and household income. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online.

All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Interactive avoids the words "margin of error" as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys.

The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the U.S.
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