Thursday, June 26, 2014

Women Are at Risk of Heart Attacks and Strokes

A New York survey reported at the American Heart Association meeting in Dallas revealed that only 28% of 1013 women correctly identified heart disease as the number one killer of women.  Many of them considered an OB/GYN doctor to be their primary care physician.  All women, but especially those with any family history of heart disease or strokes or ones who smoke, should have a cholesterol panel.  Other good screening tests include a Calcium score CT scan, a carotid artery screen, and a Max Pulse test.  The former is available at many hospitals and the later two at our office.  If risk is identified, much can be done to prevent a cardiovascular event, which can be devastating.
See Family Practice News, January, 2014, p. 6-7

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