Health Watch - Heart Health: Women's Hearts

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Valentine’s Day isn’t the only heart-related occasion in February. It’s also National Heart Month, so this week on Health Watch we’ll talk about ways to stay heart healthy. We don’t usually think of heart disease as a women’s issue, but heart disease kills nearly twice as many women as all forms of cancer combined.

Dr. Elizabeth Holper, a cardiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says there are a number of theories as to why heart disease is so deadly for women, but the women who are aware of their risk factors and take steps to control them do better in the long term. Women need to keep track of their cholesterol levels and blood pressure. They can also manage their risk by not smoking, by exercising at least 30 minutes a day and by reducing the amount of saturated fat in their diet. The most important thing to do is talk to your doctor about your risk for heart disease so you can be proactive in managing your risk.

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February 2009

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