Give Your Valentines Knowledge About Heart Disease

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There are so many ways to tell a woman how much you love her. Boxes of candy, flowers, jewelry, but these do not battle heart disease in women. Perhaps the best gift you can give to a woman for valentines day is the knowledge that heart disease can effect women.

In fact, heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. It is also a leading cause of disability among women. Currently 8 million women in the US are currently living with heart disease; 35,000 are under age of 65.

Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen. Part of the reason is women believe heart problems happen more in men than in women, however, that is not the case.

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There may be some differences between how heart disease affects woman. For example, men's plaque distributes in clumps whereas women’s distributes more evenly throughout artery walls. This results in women's angiographic studies being misinterpreted as “normal”.

After heart attack, women are less likely than men to receive beta blockers, ACE inhibitors and aspirin - therapies known to improve survival. This contributes to a higher rate of complications after heart attacks in women, even after adjusting for age.

The American Heart Association studied more than 1,000 women and it revealed the lack of understanding women have of the dangers of heart disease and stroke. According to the results, only 13 percent of women in America believe that heart disease and stroke are the greatest health threat to women. This reveals a real lack of knowledge and understanding a majority of women have for this serious health threat.

Since February is heart awareness month for women so be kind this year give heart healthy gifts, and remind women to have check ups and to talk to their doctor on a regular basis.

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