Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Diagnosis: Cardiovascular disease in women. Treatment: Often Neglected.

The American Heart Association wants women to take the following message to heart: cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the No. 1 killer of women, and the risk increases as you age.

"One in three women over the age of 50 will die of cardiovascular disease. CVD kills more women each year than all forms of cancer, including breast cancer, and the next five leading causes of death combined. Men have more heart attacks than women, but women have a higher death rate from heart attacks."

"Women over 50 have a number of risk factors for heart disease, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol. They can benefit from preventative therapy to the same degree as men. Yet research shows they are less likely to be evaluated, less likely to receive treatment and have a worse prognosis once they are diagnosed, because their disease is often more advanced."

To help encourage women to take charge of their heart health, the AHA has shifted the focus of its 3-year-old "Go Red for Women" educational initiative from public awareness to public action. Go Red, which debuted in 2004, was designed to publicize the risks associated with heart disease.

Women and heart disease. See two women who struggled to get their doctors to listen. Click "Launch" the video: Are men and women diagnosed differently?

Pulse of the Heart will be posting news and information on heart health for women over the next week, leading up to National Wear Red Day, February 3rd.

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