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It’s a question that haunts me.  My mother died of uterine cancer before I finished high school.  I’ve had several friends with breast cancer, and one with skin cancer.  Even I had a skin cancer scare and the scar to prove it.  Summers at the shore drenched with baby oil and iodine was a BRILLIANT idea.

But I don’t know a single woman (before my HA) who has had a heart attack.  With the numbers at 1 out of 3 women DIE from a heart attack, and more women have heart attacks than men, and it’s the leading cause of death in women…why are we not prepared?  Is it out doctor’s fault?  Is it that the American Heart Association doesn’t really know how to reach women?  Is the message too vague?  What?

I ran a search for blogs about heart attacks.  Rosie O’Donnell has a blog and one post.  http://rosie.com/my-heart-attack/

ABC News states:

The Quiet Killer: Heart Disease in Women

N E W   Y O R K, April 30
By Christine Haran
 http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=116741

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of U.S. women, yet few women consider the disease a major health concern. Not only are women unaware of their risk, they also have limited knowledge of the symptoms of heart disease.

Almost half of women with heart disease feel their diagnosis “came out of the blue,” according to a survey conducted by WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.

This lack of awareness stems in part from many patients’ and doctors’ view of heart disease as a condition that primarily affects men. Yet women are less likely to be treated aggressively and more likely die of heart disease than men. That’s why it’s crucial that women educate themselves about their risk factors for heart disease, as well its prevention and treatment.

The article goes on to state:

To put it in perspective, there are about 60,000 deaths from breast cancer annually, compared to 500,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease. Still, for many women, cardiovascular disease is basically an underrecognized and silent disease.

Every year more women than men die of heart attacks and cardiovascular disease, which is a very surprising statistic to many people. Women are also more likely than men to die from a heart attack, and to die after a procedure in which the artery is opened, such as a stent or a balloon angioplasty. And women are more likely than men to have another heart attack within five years.

So what’s it gonna take?  I hope some readers will offer comments.  heart

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