MONDAY, July 12, 2021 (American Heart Association News) — Early in Dr. Michael McKee’s career, one of his patients, who was deaf, died from a heart attack. It led him to study how to prevent it from happening to others.
That tragic event might not have happened, he said, if there had been “accessible community health education programs to allow for deaf individuals to learn ways to improve their health and to recognize common danger signs of serious health conditions.”
So, in 2008, he led a small study to pinpoint how to best improve cardiovascular disease education in the deaf community. Published a few years later in Disability and Health Journal, the research found significant gaps in knowledge about cardiovascular health, from a lack of awareness about stroke to confusion about medications.
“Unfortunately, little (research) has focused on deaf individuals, notably signers,” said McKee, a family medicine physician at the Deaf Health Clinic at the…