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Women Misinformed About Risk of Heart Attack

A study conducted by Prevention Magazine and published in the magazine’s February 1997 issue has found that nearly one-third of women do not know that their risk of dying from a heart attack is greater than their risk of dying from breast cancer. Approximately 58% of women thought that their risk of dying from a heart attack was similar to or lower than their risk of dying from breast cancer even though heart attacks are the leading cause of death among U.S. women. Actually a woman’s chances of dying from a heart attack is five times higher than dying of breast cancer. Six in ten women surveyed said that their doctors had not discussed heart disease risks with them; among women over the age of 55, 44% said their doctors had not discussed heart disease risks. Nearly 41% said they did not eat a low-fat diet, 45% have not had their cholesterol checked and 53% were not getting regular exercise.

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The Nando Times - February 3, 1997

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