LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2017) – February is American Hearth Health Month, and this past February 3rd marked the 14th annual National Wear Red Day for Women. It’s a day designed to call our attention to recognizing heart disease as the #1 killer of women in this country, and to raise awareness of women’s overall heart health.
According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, and in 2013 was responsible for about 1 in 4 female deaths. It’s generally thought of as a “man’s disease”, but heart disease affects genders equally here in the US, and only 54% of women recognize that it is their #1 killer. Perhaps most alarming, 64% of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease experience no previous symptoms.
On this episode of Behind the Blue, we sit down with Dr. Gretchen Wells, Director of the Women’s Heart Program at the UK Gill Heart Institute, and Gail Cohen, a patient who experienced first-hand the dangers of undetected heart disease. We discuss the differences regarding heart health between men and women, the impact of heart disease here in Kentucky, and how collaboration across UK’s campus reaps benefits for new and advanced methods of detecting and treating heart disease, as well as preventative steps people can take to improve heart health.
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