Health & Nutrition - - WOMEN'S DAY SPECIAL -

… For women. Though women face spe­cial risks, men should fol­low most of this es­sen­tial ad­vice, too.

Many women don’t know that car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease is their No1 killer. In the US, it takes the lives of more than 10 times as many women, as breast can­cer. Car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease kills one in ev­ery three women – more than all can­cers, chronic res­pi­ra­tory dis­ease, Alzheimer’s, and ac­ci­dents com­bined, ac­cord­ing to the (AHA) Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion. Car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease is ac­tu­ally many dis­eases put to­gether, which af­fects men and women to dif­fer­ent ex­tents and in dif­fer­ent ways. Among the no­table types are coro­nary artery dis­ease (which in­cludes heart at­tacks and ac­counts for about half of all car­dio­vas­cu­lar deaths), strokes and heart fail­ure. Far fewer women have heart at­tacks than men each year, but nearly as many die from them. More women have hy­per­ten­sion af­ter the age of 55 and strokes (es­pe­cially fa­tal ones), and many die from heart fail­ure. De­spite this, sur­veys have found that many women still think ‘heart dis­ease’ is a man’s dis­ease and fail to see them­selves at risk of it. They may not even know the

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