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Women’s Wellness: Understanding heart disease in women

Heart disease is the number one killer of women. While both men and women are affected by heart disease, the warning signs and symptoms can be quite different. The American Heart Association (AHA) has designated Feb. 2, 2018 as National Wear Red Day® to bring attention to this deadly disease and increase women’s awareness about their risk for heart disease and stroke.

Cardiologist Dr. Amy Pollak, quoting statistics from AHA, says, “Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year. And 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented.” Dr. Pollak adds that living a heart-healthy lifestyle and making simple changes can help lead to a cure.

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