Heart Disease Leading Cause of Death for US Women

A study reports that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. According to a study released by Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, 45 percent of women in the United States are stricken with a heart-related illness during their lives, while 35 percent die from heart disease.

Diana Pettiti, director of Research and Evaluation for Kaiser Permanente, said “Cardiovascular disease in women is really the silent epidemic.” Pettiti suggested that women avoid high fat diets, exercise regularly, quit smoking, and control their blood pressure to prevent or reduce cardiovascular problems.


AFP - February 13, 1998

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