Numbers Decrease, Heart Disease Still Number One Killer

New figures released from the National Institute of Health show 17,000 fewer women died of heart disease between 2003 and 2004.

Despite the progress, heart disease is still the number one killer of American women.

Recognizing the risk factors for the disease can mean the difference between life and death.

Dr. Elizabeth Nabel from the NIH says, “Heart disease is preventable. By lowering your risk you can indeed lower the likelihood that you develop heart disease over the course of your life time.”

Dr. Nabel added, “We're encouraging women to know their risk for heart disease, know their risk factors.”

So what are those risk factors you should look out for?

  • High blood pressure.

  • High cholesterol.

  • Diabetes.

  • Smoking.

  • Being overweight and not exercising.

    If you have any of those risk factors, be sure to talk about heart disease with your doctor.

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