Women More Aware That Heart Disease Is Their No. 1 Killer

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Women and Heart Disease

Women's rate of awareness that heart disease is the leading cause of death has nearly doubled from 30 percent in 1997 to 55 percent now, according to a report in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

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The national study of 1,008 women also showed that women's awareness of cardiovascular disease (CVD) as their leading killer is associated with significantly more action to improve their own and their family members' heart health.

"However, mixed in with the good news is a clear indication that while more white women are getting the message about the threat of heart disease, certain racial and ethnic minority women, who are at a higher risk of dying of heart disease, continue to have significantly lower rates of awareness," said Lori Mosca, M.D., Ph.D., lead author and director of preventive cardiology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

Sixty-two percent of white women surveyed were aware that heart disease was the leading cause of death.

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