February 10, 2010 at 1:30 pm , by Emily Chau
Last week, Julie and I went to a Go Red for Women dinner, part of the American Heart Association’s campaign to increase knowledge for women’s heart disease. Besides catching up with AHA president, the wonderful Clyde Yancy, M.D., we got to hear some shocking heart stats.
The AHA revealed the findings from its newest study about women’s awareness of cardiovascular disease (CVD), headed by Lori Mosca, M.D., Ph.D., the lively, marathon-running professor of medicine and director of preventive cardiology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.
A quick summary:
1. Awareness that CVD is the leading cause of death among women has almost doubled since 1997. Still, only 54 percent of women know that CVD is the leading cause of death among women (vs. 30 percent in 1997).
2. Only about half of women know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Plus, only half of women would call 911 if they thought they were having one.
3. More than half of women rely on unproven therapies to prevent CVD, including taking a multivitamin (69 percent), antioxidants (70 percent) and aromatherapy (29 percent).
That’s us with Dr. Yancy –>