Dr. Barbara Huggins

Women & Heart Disease

January 31, 2008


Women & Heart Disease -  January 31, 2008For decades, death from heart disease has been decreasing due to early detection and better treatment options. But a recent study has found a disturbing trend in a certain group and you'll never guess which one. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom has more.

Cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of death in American women over the age of 25.

One out of every 5 American women has cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease includes heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, heart failure, arrhythmias, atrial fibrillation, cardiomyopathy and peripheral arterial disease.

The traditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease are:
Additional risk factors for women:

Know the signs and symptoms of heart attack.

Warning Signs of Heart Attack:

If you have are having chest discomfort with any of these other symptoms, call 911 immediately.

For more information:

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