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ANCHOR LEAD: MANY WOMEN DON’T REALLY KNOW THEIR HEART DISEASE RISK, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

When only established risk factor assessment tools such as the Framingham score are used to assess women for heart disease, a false sense of security may result.  That’s one conclusion reached by Roger Blumenthal, director of the Cicarrone Center for Preventive Cardiology at Johns Hopkins and colleagues in a recent study.

BLUMENTHAL:  What we found is that so many of these women would be considered at very low risk and wouldn’t qualify for aspirin or cholesterol lowering therapy and they were under the wrong impression that they didn’t have to make many changes but in reality many of these women were overweight, had high waist circumferences, had a family history of heart disease, weren’t exercising, and many had evidence of abnormal cholesterol profiles, high triglycerides, and they were hypertensive.             :29

Blumenthal says a more global assessment is needed for women and emphasizes that early lifestyle interventions can avoid more serious disease later.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.


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