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HEART ATTACK 1-2-3's: WHAT TO DO DURING A HEART ATTACK
It's no secret that heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in America. Yet, when a heart attack strikes, most people don't know what to do, resulting in the loss of vitally important time time during which the heart becomes increasingly damaged. According to Prediman K. Shah, MD., Director of the Division of Cardiology and the Atherosclerosis Research Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, it's important to not only recognize the signs of a heart attack, but also to know what to do and to act quickly. "Getting immediate, appropriate care is the single most important thing you can do to help lessen the damage of a heart attack," he says.

HEART ATTACK ABC's: HOW TO RECOGNIZE A HEART ATTACK
While most people know that heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in America, many don't know how to recognize the signs of a heart attack. Beyond that, many are unaware that the symptoms in a woman can be quite different from those in a man. Prediman K. Shah, M.D. Director of the Division of Cardiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, offers tips for recognizing a heart attack.

LARGE-SCALE ANALYSIS OF WOMEN WITH ANDROGEN EXCESS: THOROUGH TREATMENT CAN REDUCE SYMPTOMS
Although they are considered "male" hormones, certain levels of androgens normally circulate in the bloodstreams of women as well as men. But when women's bodies produce excessive amounts of androgens, symptoms can range from annoying to serious. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, completing what may be the largest long-term study of women with androgen excess, find that some of the most problematic symptoms can be reduced when treated with a combination of therapies.

SPECIALISTS: LAPAROSCOPY CAN HELP INFERTILE WOMEN AVOID MONTHS OF UNNECESSARY TREATMENTS
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Contact: Glenda Collins
glenda.collins@cshs.org
310-423-2103
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
4-Mar-2004


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