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SWHR Takes on a Silent Killer
7 years ago
Coronary heart disease and stroke kill more Americans every year than all cancers combined. What's even more disturbing is that there is often a single underlying cause. It's known as atherosclerosis, or athero for short. It's a progressive buildup of fatty deposits or plaque in the arteries that can eventually limit the flow of blood. Each year, atherosclerosis is linked to nearly one in four (1 in 4) deaths in the United States. And atherosclerosis usually doesn't cause signs and symptoms until it severely narrows or totally blocks an artery. That's why the Society for Women's Health Research is working to get the word out about atherosclerosis – and how to prevent it. We are partnering with "Us Against Athero," a campaign to encourage Americans to take better care of their arteries, avoid atherosclerosis and live healthier lives. A key component of the campaign is a traveling exhibit called the Artery Explorer, an interactive movie that takes you on a journey through your arteries to reveal the science of heart disease. In the Explorer, you will see exactly how risk factors like high levels of bad cholesterol, smoking, and high blood pressure help contribute to atherosclerosis. You can learn more about atherosclerosis and find out when the Artery Explorer is coming to your area by visiting http://www.usagainstathero.com. Cholesterol is also strongly implicated in the development of atherosclerosis. The Society for Women's Health Research has information on cholesterol and some of the challenges women face in addressing this important health issue: Women Have Poor Understanding of Cholesterol (news service article) http://www.womenshealthresearch.org/site /News2?page=NewsArticleid=6981 Young Women Claim Concern, but Demonstrate Ignorance about Cholesterol http://www.womenshealthresearch.org/site /News2?page=NewsArticleid=6938 Older American Women Better Informed About Cholesterol than Younger Women, but Gaps Remain in Knowledge and Screening http://www.womenshealthresearch.org/site /News2?page=NewsArticleid=6993 Women and Heart Disease: The Role of Cholesterol (an archived online moderated discussion) http://live.womenshealthresearch.org
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