admin - March 22, 2011
For years, doctors have treated heart disease the same in both men and women despite evidence that shows that this approach isn’t working. Over the past 20 years, for example, more women than men have died from heart disease. In fact, heart disease now kills more than one in four women in America, nearly triple the number of breast and lung cancer combined.
Last week on the Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz talked to Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, the director of the Women’s Health Center at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute who has spent the last several years studying heart disease in women. On the show, Dr. Bairey discussed several new risk factors that are specific to women.
These risk factors include:
- HDL cholesterol levels – For years, doctors have told us that our HDL, or good cholesterol, levels need to be higher than 40. However, doctors now say that women should have a number higher than 50 to prevent heart disease.
- Menstrual cycle – Irregular menstrual cycles in women under 45 are now considered a risk factor for heart disease.
- Problems during pregnancy – Complications like high blood pressure, gestational diabetes and dramatic weight gain during pregnancy can impact heart disease.
Every woman should watch the latest Dr. Oz Show segments on the truth about heart disease in women.
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