Health Watch - Valentine's Day: Women's Hearts

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about matters of the heart, in celebration of Valentine’s Day. At this time of year, in addition to thinking about romance, women need to think about the health of their hearts.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, killing twice as many women as all forms of cancer combined. Dr. Elizabeth Holper, a cardiologist at
UT Southwestern Medical Center, says knowing your risk factors and doing something about controlling them can improve your long-term wellness. Knowing your blood pressure and cholesterol levels and treating these if levels are too high is a good way to prevent heart disease. You can also lower your risks by quitting or avoiding smoking, reducing the amount of saturated fat in your diet and exercising regularly. Talk to your doctor about any risk factors you might have and what you can do about them.

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UT Southwestern’s clinical services in cardiology.


February 2010

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