Dr. Barbara Huggins

The Hearts of Women

February 15, 2007

The Hearts of Women -  February 15, 2007With Valentine's Day just around the corner, matters of the heart are on many people's minds. While we tend to think that heart disease affects mostly men, new research is finding that older women should have just as much concern. Listen, as Dr. Mom shares HER heart on the matter.

February is typically known for love and is often symbolized by hearts. Isn't it appropriate that Women's Heart Day and Go Red For Women are also celebrated during the Month of Love?

Heart disease kills almost 500,000 women per year, one-half million women; more than 10 times as many women that die from breast cancer. Historically, heart disease has been considered a major health problem for the male sex. However, studies show that women are 15% more likely than men to die of a heart attack and two times as likely to have a second heart attack within the six years following the first attack. Women are not treated as aggressively as men after a heart attack; and, women are less likely to be on statins or ACE inhibitors or beta blockers, all of which reduce the risk of a second heart attack.

Facts & Figures:
Warning Signs:
Risk Factors You Can Control:
WHAT YOU CAN DO to help reduce your risk of heart disease:

Since February is the month of Love, make sure you and your loved ones are heart healthy.

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