DALLAS, April 30 -- The American Heart Association and American College
of Cardiology called today for action against missed opportunities to reduce
women's risk of coronary heart disease, the No. 1 killer of both men and women.
The scientific statement, produced in collaboration with four other
professional health organizations, provides updated recommendations for closing
what the AHA and ACC say is the wide gap between what is known to prevent heart
disease in women and what actually is being done.
The scientific statement, "Guide to Preventive Cardiology for Women,"
which is published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology
and will appear in the May 11 issue of Circulation: Journal of the American
Heart Association, was produced in collaboration with the American Medical
Women's Association, American College of Nurse Practitioners, American College
of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Canadian Cardiovascular Society. Among
- A statin or cholesterol-lowering drug should be considered instead of
hormone replacement therapy as the first line of drug therapy for lowering high
blood levels of cholesterol in postmenopausal women.
- The target blood level of high-density lipoprotein, HDL, the "good"
cholesterol, should be higher than national recommendations.
- Diabetes increases a woman's risk of heart disease three to seven
times, compared with a two- to three-fold risk increase in men. Thus, it is
imperative to step up efforts to identify women at risk and provide them with
"Although more women die from coronary heart disease than from cancer or
any other disease, we are missing many opportunities to reduce the risk of heart
disease in women," says Lori Mosca, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the consensus panel
that developed the statement and chair of the AHA's "Take Wellness to Heart"
campaign to inform women about reducing their risk for heart d
Contact: Cathy Yarbrough
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