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National Women's Heart Day

In February our minds turn to hearts as we focus on Valentine's Day. Too often we think of a broken heart as an emotional euphemism, yet heart disease is the number one killer of women as well as men. Yet most women are still woefully unaware of this. To encourage heart health and heart healthy behaviors in women, Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson has declared today the 4th annual National Woman's Heart Day.

This year's celebration brings huge heart-health expo fairs to major cities including New York, Washington, D.C, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. These high-energy fairs offer any woman the chance to get a FREE heart-health screening and to learn how to keep her heart healthy. This year's goal is to screen at least 10,000 women screened and to teach another 10,000 women about heart healthy topics such as eating properly, exercising sufficiently, quitting smoking, and managing diabetes and stress.

Why get screened? One in three women that we screen is at risk for heart disease. There are many ways that each of us can make small changes in our behavior to improve our heart health. For more information about National Woman's Heart Day activities, go to www.womansheart.org.

Created: 2/20/2004  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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