Health Watch - Heart Month: Women

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about American Heart Month and raising awareness of heart disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. There’s one group of people particularly affected by heart disease who may not be aware of their risks: Women.

Heart disease is the number-one killer of women in the United States. It kills twice as many women as all forms of cancer combined. Dr. Elizabeth Holper, a cardiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says women who are aware of their risk factors and do something about them do better in the long term. Know your cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and get treatment and make lifestyle changes if you’re in an unhealthy range. You can also lower your risk by quitting smoking, reducing the amount of saturated fat in your diet and exercising regularly. The most important thing to do, though, is talk to your doctor about your potential risks and what measures you should be taking.       

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February 2011


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