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Heart Disease: Women's Unique Risks Demand Attention

Kathryn S. Brown
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Ann Intern Med. 1997;127(10):952-953. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-127-10-199711150-00025
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Responding to what it calls a “silent epidemic,” the American Heart Association (AHA) has released new guidelines to help physicians prevent, diagnose, and treat heart disease in women (Circulation. 1997; 96:2468-99). The AHA also unveiled a national survey of 1000 women ages 25 and older in which fewer than one third said they had discussed heart disease with a physician. Only 8% considered heart disease their biggest health threat. In reality, heart disease kills half a million women each year-more than all types of cancer combined (Box).

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