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I've blogged about female cardiac health before and I'm still puzzled at the enduring lack of awareness about a woman's need for medical care tailored to the size and chemistry of her heart. The medical world, and the world at large, overlook some critically important realities about female cardiac health. The information is not top-secret, it is in the public domain and horribly overlooked!
"Women must get serious about heart disease and take control of their heart health, starting at an early age," said Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D., director of NHLBI (the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute). "Younger women need to take steps now, like eating a healthy diet and being physically active, to help prevent heart disease later."
However, even with awareness on the rise, many women do not take this message seriously or personally. One-third of women still underestimate their own personal risk of getting heart disease, and too many -- one in four women -- still die from heart disease. "Understanding your personal risk of heart disease really matters. Having just one risk factor for heart disease -- like high blood pressure or being overweight -- doubles your chance of developing heart disease. And the alarming fact is that more than 80 percent of midlife women have one or more of the risk factors," said Dr. Nabel.
Here's why I'm so irked at the high level of society-wide ignorance about female heart health: the necessary information is in the public domain, not hidden away in a drawer!
But too many medical "professionals" IGNORE THE INFORMATION!!!!
I wrote about some ground-breaking research and revelations about female cardiac health several years ago. In brief:
- Women need smaller surgical instruments since our hearts are smaller than those of men.
- Women have different symptoms of heart disease and heart attacks than men.
- Female bodies require different medications and in different amounts than men.
- Medical research about heart health too often fails to include significant numbers of (or any!) women among the research cases!
If your female heart is not healthy,
Find out what I mean as you read these articles:
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