January 31, 2006
CONTACT: Susanne Hartman
"Women need to stop caring for all the members of their families
for a few minutes and start caring for themselves. They need to know their
risk factors for heart disease and take steps to reduce future risk. Heart
disease kills women five times more than any cancer in the U.S."
"I often talk to women who insist that their husbands get evaluated, but they don’t apply the same standards to themselves. Women delay going to hospital, when having a heart attack, more than three hours more than men do. Women need to get to the emergency room quickly so that they're symptoms can be evaluated promptly.
"If I could tell my female patients one thing, it would be to stop
smoking! The only young women I’ve seen with heart attacks are smokers."
"A recent survey showed that a majority of women can not identify
risk factors for heart disease or steps they can take to reduce their
own risks. And many do not know their cholesterol levels, and have never
discussed heart disease with their doctors. This illustrates the enormous
treatment gap that results in premature strokes, heart attacks, heart
failure, and death. Both health care providers and patients need to close
this gap with better education, awareness, and communication."
"Women don't realize how important heart disease is to their own health. There's a major disconnect between what women know about heart disease and what they actually do to prevent it. They don't pay attention to their symptoms or take preventive measures. Why aren't women talking about heart disease with their primary physicians? They are talking about breast cancer.
"Women are starting to understand that heart disease is important
but they still aren't connecting it to themselves and taking the steps
to prevent it. Think about your risk factors and take care of them before
you end up in a cardiologist's office."
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