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Trans Fats are Trouble for Women with Heart Disease

Eating too much trans fat—a type of unsaturated fat known to increase the risk of developing heart disease—may be even more dangerous for women who already have heart disease, according to a new study. The finding comes from an analysis of the large women-only Nurse’s Health Study...
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Heart Attack Gender Gap Narrows

New research finds that the gender gap has narrowed when it comes to heart attack, though not all the changes are good news for women. Historically, women younger than 55 are at a lower risk for heart attack than men of the same age. While younger women are less likely to suffer a heart attack...
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Smoke-Free Laws Cut Heart Risk

no_smoking_symbolLaws that ban smoking in public places immediately lower heart attack risk and the benefits grow over time, according to an analysis published in the October 6 issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. These changes are most likely to benefit women and children, who bear...
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What Heart Patients Need to Know about Influenza

If you have heart disease, getting your flu shot (influenza vaccination) may do more than just prevent the flu—it can actually stave off a heart attack, according to a new review published in the October 2009 issue of The Lancet: Infectious Diseases.

Influenza ("the flu") is a viral disease...
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Optimistic Women Have Less Heart Disease

A sunny dispositionWomen who have an optimistic outlook on life are less likely to develop heart disease and have healthier lifestyles than more pessimistic women, according to a study published online August 10, 2009 in Circulation. On the other hand, high levels of hostility and a tendency to mistrust others carry...
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Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Your Heart

A new review, published August 3 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, emphasizes the heart benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish. Unlike most dietary supplements, fish oils have proven effective at preventing and even treating heart disease in large controlled...
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Lifestyle Predicts Blood Pressure in Women

High blood pressure forces the heart to work harder, leading to hardening of the arteries ( atherosclerosis) and eventually heart disease and stroke. A new report from the Nurse’s Health Study highlights just how preventable high blood pressure is: the difference between women who develop high...
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Migraine Frequency Linked to Heart Disease & Stroke

Woman with a MigraineMigraines have long been linked to cardiovascular disease. According to a study published online in Neurology on June 24, how often the headaches occur influences the type of long-term problems they cause. Women with occasional migraines have a higher general risk for heart disease, while those...
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Living Near Traffic Linked to Blood Clots in Legs

People who live near major roadways are at higher risk of developing dangerous blood clots in the veins of the legs, according to a study published June 23, 2009 in Circulation, the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in a vein deep in the...
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Sleep Habits and Your Blood Pressure

Woman sleepingGetting too little sleep and not sleeping well can contribute to high blood pressure in middle-aged men and women, according to a study published June 8 in the Archives of Internal Medicine. This observation may lead to treatments that target sleep behavior in order to treat or prevent high blood...
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Can Antioxidants Keep the Brain Sharp in Women with CVD?

Vitamin E pillsAntioxidant supplements do not slow the decline in mental agility that comes with age, according to a study of women with or at risk for cardiovascular disease published June 9 in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association.

Growing evidence suggests that heart and blood...
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Clear Arteries Not All-Clear Sign for Women with Heart Symptoms

Angiogram of the heartWomen who experience symptoms of heart disease are at increased risk for future heart problems, even if tests show their arteries are clear, according to a study published May 11, 2009 in Archives of Internal Medicine.

More than 50% of women who undergo testing for heart disease do not...
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Women Overlook Stroke Risk Factors

Many women at high risk for stroke don’t realize it and are missing out on prevention measures, according to a new study

Many women underestimate their stroke risk and overlook conditions that are putting them at risk, according to a study published April 1, 2009 in Stroke: Journal of the...
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Antidepressant Meds Linked to Sudden Cardiac Death

Doctors have long been aware of the link between your mental and physical health, especially when it comes to your heart. Depression, anxiety, hostility, and stress can all increase a woman’s heart disease risk and slow recovery. A study published March 17 in the Journal of the American College...
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Can a Cup of Coffee Prevent a Stroke?

heart_coffeeDrinking two or more cups of coffee a day may actually lower a woman’s chances of having a stroke, according to a study of more than 80,000 female health professionals published in the March 3 issue of Circulation. The benefit appears to be specific to coffee: other caffeinated drinks such as...
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Multivitamins Don’t Prevent Heart Disease in Women

MultivitaminsA large US study found that taking multivitamins does not lower the risk of developing heart disease or cancer in postmenopausal women. The pills also had no effect on the risk of early death, according to the latest study from the Women’s Health Initiative, published in the Archives of...
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You're Invited! Feb 11th NYC Women's Heart Health Benefit

luncheon_inviteHeartHealthyWomen.org is hosting a luncheon on February 11, 2009 to benefit the Women's Heart Health Initiative. Click the image below to view your invitation to "The Art of Living Well: A Woman's Guide to Preventing Heart Disease" featuring Mehmet C. Oz, MD.


Seating is limited, so...
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Abbott 'Goes Red' to Educate Chicago-Area Women About Heart Disease

Abbott Named Exclusive Chicagoland 'Hometown' Partner of the American Heart Association's 'Go Red for Women' Campaign

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Feb. 1 -- As a leader in cardiovascular treatment and the exclusive Chicagoland "hometown" partner for the national
"Go Red for Women" program, Abbott is...
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Heart Healthy Women In The News

The November 8, 2007 edition of the Washington Examiner carried the following article on heart disease in women, featuring an interview with HeartHealthyWomen.org Medical Advisor Dr. Alexandra Lansky:

 More women die from heart attacks

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High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy Linked to Future Heart Disease

The latest research suggests there may be a connection between pregnancy-related high blood pressure ( pre- eclampsia) and future heart disease. Pre-eclampsia is a dangerous condition in pregnancy characterized by very high blood pressure (greater than 140/90) that can potentially harm both mother...
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