Harvard Heart Letter

Guidelines offer women a change of heart

Focusing on prevention is the best way to halt heart disease in women.

We've said this before and will, no doubt, say it again: Heart disease isn't a man's disease. It never really was, even though it has carried that reputation for years. Today, about one in every three American women is living with heart disease, the same proportion as men, and more women than men die each year of heart disease and stroke. Many women "" and many of their doctors "" don't know this.

The burden heart disease places on women's lives, their families, health care costs, and the economy is staggering. It is even more tragic when you consider that it is largely a preventable disease.

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