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Friday, May 24, 2013
Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 3 killers of women and are two of the many cardiovascular diseases that kill nearly 500,000 women each year. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounts for more deaths than the next seven causes of death in women combined, including all forms of cancer. Since 1984, men have experienced a decline in deaths due to CVD; women have not. Each year CVD kills 50,000 more women than men.
The American Heart Association developed "Go Red For Women" a nationwide movement to empower women to love-and save-their hearts through lifestyle choices and actions that could reduce their risks of heart disease and live a long, healthy life. Friday, February 3, 2006 is National Wear Red Day, an opportunity to raise awareness of women and heart disease. The American Heart Association website offers information on: Healthy Lifestyle; Women and Cardiovascular Disease; and Taking Action. For more information, see the American Heart Association website?s section on Women and Heart Disease.
For additional information please see this feature on Heart Disease in Women.
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Last Reviewed: Jan 26, 2006
Karen Kutoloski, DO
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University