Women, beware: Heart disease is a lady-killer to avoid

Heart disease is the No.1 killer of women in the U.S., claiming nearly twice as many lives as all forms of cancer combined.

“There are many theories as to why women have a higher mortality rate from heart disease,” says interventional cardiologist Dr. Elizabeth Holper of UT Southwestern Medical Center. “Research has demonstrated that patients who know the status of their risk factors – including cholesterol levels and blood pressure – and who control these risks – do better in the long term.”

Other steps women can take to reduce their risk of heart disease include quitting smoking, lowering the amount of saturated fat in their diets and exercising at least 30 minutes a day.

“Most of all, talk with your doctor about your risk,” says Dr. Holper. “It should be a top priority.”

Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/heartlungvascular to learn more about heart/lung/vascular clinical services at UT Southwestern.

Media Contact: LaKisha Ladson

February is American Heart Month. National Donor Day is Feb. 14.


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