Heart Disease Still No. 1 Killer

1 decade 11 months 1 week ago Tuesday, November 06 2007 Nov 6, 2007 Tuesday, November 06, 2007 5:53:40 PM CST November 06, 2007 in News

"Smoking is the most powerful way of reducing the age at which you're going to have a heart attack, but it's more powerful in women than it is in men," said senior investigator Dr. Thomas Aversano.

Women who smoked were likely to suffer heart attacks on average nine years earlier than their non smoking peers. There is a four year difference among men.

One study suggested a lower risk of heart disease among women who begin hormone replacement therapy before age 45 compared to those who start later.

Another study in Belgium uncovered an increased risk of heart disease among long term users of oral contraceptives.

"It's generated more hypothesis I think, and in the long run we're not sure if that's going to impact the number of heart attacks women will have," said cardiologist Dr. Radha Kachhy

When it comes to women and heart disease, study findings raise awareness, but it takes some digging by a woman and her healthcare provider to answer the question of what it means to her.

Researchers at the University of Utah found that fasting for one day a month can help prevent heart disease. Doctors said skipping meals once a month gives your body a rest from constant exposure to harmful sugars. Doctors stressed that you should consult your doctor before fasting any longer.

If fasting is not right for you, 30 minutes of exercise a day can also help prevent heart disease. Simply running, jogging, or even walking for thirty minutes a day helps you stay healthy and maintain fit body.

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