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Women and Heart Disease

For many years society has thought of heart disease as a "man's disease" . . . nothing could be farther from the truth. Today, research has proven that heart disease is the number one killer of American women and is also a leading cause of disability among women.

A common cause of heart disease is the narrowing of the arteries and vessels leading to the heart.  This narrowing is often caused by a build-up of cholesterol in the blood which inhibits the flow of blood to the heart and the rest of the body.

Risk factors that can increase a woman's chance for being diagnosed with heart disease include family history, obesity, high blood pressure, inactivity, high cholesterol, being post-menopausal, and smoking. Talk to your physician about your risk factors.

To learn about the "Heart Truth for Women," visit the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

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