Second Annual Go Red for Women Issue
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In the United States, 1 in 4 women dies from heart disease.1 Although this sad statistic is widely—although not universally—recognized in the cardiovascular healthcare profession, it is less well known in the nonmedical, lay community. Indeed, most noncardiologist healthcare providers do not know this either. Although evidence suggests that awareness is increasing among women through efforts such as Go Red for Women, the majority remains unaware that the single greatest risk to their health and longevity derives from heart disease.
Why is that? Undoubtedly, the reasons are multifactorial. First, we have done an insufficient job of educating the lay population of the realities of heart disease in women. Second, other …