Health Watch - Heart Disease: Women

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about heart disease and what can be done about it. The common image of a patient with heart disease is an older, overweight man, but women are in just as much danger.

Dr. Elizabeth Holper, a cardiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says women actually have a higher mortality rate from heart disease than men do. Heart disease is the number-one killer of women in the United States. Women need to talk to their doctors about their risk factors. Those who are aware of their risks and who do something about them do better in the long term. Some steps to take to manage heart disease risk include reducing the amount of saturated fat in the diet, managing cholesterol levels and blood pressure, stopping smoking and exercising at least 30 minutes a day.


March 2010

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