STUDY SAYS WOMEN AT GREATER RISK OF HEART DISEASE

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  1. Study says women at greater risk of heart disease

    PTI
    Saturday, September 27, 2003

    United Nations - Women are slightly more likely to die
    from cardiovascular diseases (CVD) than men and heart
    attacks and strokes kill twice as many women as all
    cancers combined, the largest-ever worldwide
    collaborative study of heart diseases, published by the
    World Health Organisation, has found.

    Out of the total 16.5 million CVD deaths annually, 8.6
    million are of women, according to the study, the MONICA
    (MONItoring CArdiovascular disease) Monograph, the result
    of a major research project conceived in 1979 in which
    teams from 38 populations in 21 countries studied heart
    disease, stroke and risk factors from the mid-1980s to
    the mid-1990s.

    The report was released by the WHO in connection with
    tomorrow's 'World Heart Day', whose theme this year
    (Women, Heart Disease and Stroke) aims to draw urgent
    attention to the fact that CVD is not just a men's health
    problem.

    "Although most women fear cancer, particularly breast
    cancer, they do not make same efforts to safeguard
    themselves from heart disease, which is eminently
    preventable," WHO's Assistant Director-General for
    Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, Catherine Le
    Galhs-Camus, said at the launching of the report in
    Geneva on Friday.

    "We must strive to make women aware that to keep their
    hearts healthy, they need to eat smart, kick smoking and
    move for health," she added.

    Worldwide activities to increase awareness of heart
    disease in women will be organised on World Heart Day by
    the World Heart Federation, a non-governmental
    organisation dedicated to the prevention of heart disease
    and stroke.

    Published by WHO, the monograph has been supported by the
    European Commission, medical charities and industry.

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