Heart Disease: Spreading Awareness among Women

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HEART DISEASE; SPREADING AWARENESS AMONG WOMEN INTRODUCTION Heart disease is the first leading causes of death among American women. In general, cardiovascular disease (CVD) claims the lives of more than 500 000 women every year in the United States; this compares to 41.3% of total female mortalities nationwide, and more than all types of cancers combined. African American women have the highest CVD mortality rate among ethnic minority groups. In spite of these statistics, a national survey conducted by the American Heart Association (AHA) in 1997 demonstrated that only 7% of women identified CVD to be their utmost health threat and less than one third knew it was the leading cause of death. A follow-up survey in 2000 after launching a campaign in order to spread awareness about CVD indicated only a small change in awareness. Over the last several decades, cardiovascular disease has become increasingly common in women. Part of the reason for this, is because diet and lifestyle choices can have an impact on their underlying levels of health. Evidence of this can be seen with the fact that nearly 25% of American adults are suffering from this condition. Once a person reaches the age of 70 is when these issues can become more challenging with the odds of having hypertension rising to 64%. For Hispanic and non-Hispanic women, this can become even more complicated due to the changes that their bodies are going through: during menopause and if they drink alcohol or smoke
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