Not Just Men: 6.5 Million Women Worldwide Suffer From Heart Disease

Published: April, 2004

BOSTON , April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women. In a survey conducted by the American Heart Association, about half of the women interviewed knew that heart disease was the leading cause of death in women, yet only 13% said it was their greatest personal health risk. In addition, many said their physicians never talk to them about coronary risk and sometimes don't recognize the symptoms, mistaking them for signs of panic disorder, stress, or hypochondria.

The May issue of Harvard Women's Health Watch offers suggestions on how women can identify coronary problems and begin to control their risk. Research has identified some gender differences that affect the incidence, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease. They include

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