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"Heart disease is not just a man's disease—it kills more women than men."

Leading Cause of Death in American Women
A woman is 5 times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than from breast cancer. Women are less likely than men to receive the appropriate treatment after a heart attack and are more likely than men to die in the first year after a heart attack. Despite these facts, surveys have shown that primary care physicians are generally unaware of such gender disparities in diagnosing and treating this disease.

Download the fact sheet on the leading causes of death in American women.


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Heart Disease Prevention the Topic of TV Program

Dr. Stephanie Coulter was the guest on HoustonPBS "Living Smart" with Patricia Gras. In their discussion of women and heart disease, Dr. Coulter said, ""Too often, women's heart disease is ignored by primary care physicians, emergency room staff, and women themselves..." Video: 30 minutes, July 2011

 
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