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Fighting Heart Disease in Women

Web Producer: Amber Griswold

February is American Heart month.

Half a million women die of heart disease each year, making it the leading cause of death for American women..

New studies find that many of the things that can help prevent and treat heart disease in women are not being done.

One study tracked nearly nine thousand high-risk women, and found two-thirds of the women who were candidates for cholesterol lowering drugs, did not receive them.

Another study found women are less likely than men to be identified as at-risk or referred for diagnostic tests.

Lori Mosca, M.D., explained, "Treatment often did differ between men and women and what really drove the treatment decisions was the physician assigning a level of risk to the patient."

Another study found women who have chronic anxiety or have more fearful attitudes about life in general may be at a higher risk of having a fatal heart attack.

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