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Awareness of heart disease improving among women, but not enough
Awareness of heart disease improving among women, but not enough

(February 19, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From New York - Women are more aware of heart disease than ever before, but there is still much room for improvement, according to a report published in Circulation. Researchers surveyed over 1,200 women over the age of 25, and compared their answers to surveys from 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2009. Participants were asked about their lifestyle, their awareness of the leading cause of death among women, as well as whether they knew the warning signs of heart attack and what they would do if they experienced these symptoms. Results showed that 56% of women correctly identified heart disease as the leading killer among women--a twofold increase since 1997. However, only 36% of black women, 34% of Hispanic women and 44% of women aged 25-34 could correctly identify the disease as the leading cause of death among women.

We spoke with Dr. Lori Mosca, principal investigator of this study, who offered some further insight.

 
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