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Silent Risk: Women and Heart Disease

Heart disease kills half a million American women each year. So why are women more afraid of breast cancer?

The Take-Home Message continued...

"Lifestyle changes, like diet, really help," she tells WebMD. "Women use the excuse that they don't have time because they're too busy with jobs and caring for families. I say, anything they do for themselves, such as changing their diet or taking walks, helps their families. You think it's selfish to take care of yourself, but you're doing this for everyone in your family."

To learn more about women's heart health, check out the Heart Truth campaign of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and the Go Red campaign of the American Heart Association.

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Reviewed on January 28, 2005

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