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disease strikes more women than men
(NC)—Although heart disease is the number one killer of women in
Canada, very few women actually consider the disease a major
health concern. In fact, women and their doctors often miss the
symptoms of heart disease, passing them off as the normal aches
and pains of aging or indigestion or stress.
The traditional belief that heart disease predominantly affects
men is false. In 2000, 36 per cent of all female deaths in
Canada were a result of heart disease compared to 34 per cent
for males. As women age the risk of dying from heart disease
increases dramatically. Researchers believe that after menopause
women lose the heart protecting benefits of estrogen. The result
is a steep increase in heart disease and death. Women need to
educate themselves on the risks of this deadly disease and play
an active role in their own heart health.
It is not all bad news. Medical discoveries are paving the way
to better preventive treatments. A recent landmark study
investigated a new treatment for both men and women with
coronary disease who are what cardiologists consider 'low-risk'
but nevertheless are dying even though they feel quite well
until a few days before they die. This important international
study, EUROPA, provides compelling evidence that heart attacks
and death can be significantly reduced in patients with coronary
artery disease when the common and well studied ACE Inhibitor
perindopril (Coversyl�) is added to their daily treatment
regimen. Considering that half of all heart disease deaths in
women are from coronary artery disease, this is both a milestone
in cardiology and a major step forward for women.
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- News Canada
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