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Study: Doctors Significantly Less Likely to Provide Women with Treatments to Prevent Heart Attacks
Date:5/19/2008

's critically important that women get regular check-ups and talk with their doctors about preventing heart disease.

The study's authors note that many patients and doctors don't view coronary artery disease for what it is: a problem that must be prevented through lifestyle changes as well as medications and, for emergency cases, treatments such as angioplasty.

As noted by the study's authors: The best way to prevent heart problems is through improvements in diet and exercise habits, quitting smoking, controlling blood pressure and blood sugar, and using medication when needed.

"Heart disease is the leading cause of death of American women and kills 32 percent of them," said Tate. "In fact, 267,000 women die every year from heart attacks -- more than six times as many women as breast cancer. It's time we all took action to reduce these tragic numbers."

To learn more about preventing women's heart disease, visit http://www.womenheart.org

To learn more about atherosclerosis, visit http://www.usagainstathero.com

About WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease

WomenHeart is the only national organization dedicated to advancing women's heart health through advocacy, community education and patient support. As the leading voice for the 44 million American women living with or at risk of heart disease, WomenHeart advocates for equal access to quality care and champions prevention and early detection, accurate diagnosis and proper treatment of women's heart disease. A nonprofit, 501(c)(3) patient advocacy organization, WomenHeart is both a coalition and community of more than 16,000 members nationwide, including women heart patients and their families, health care providers, advocates and consumers committed to helping women live longer, healthier lives.


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