Heart risk and women
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.
Metabolic syndrome is a condition that affects women with three of five conditions; obesity, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, elevated blood pressure and elevated fasting glucose. Women with Metabolic Syndrome are at a higher risk for heart attack, but more than often, they are not aware of that risk.
Suzanne Haynes is a senior science advisor for the HHS Office of Women’s Health.
“Less than 40 percent of women with metabolic syndrome were aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and the need to call 911.” (9 seconds)
Women can avoid the risks by becoming more aware of their health and lifestyle.
The study in the Journal of Women’s Health was supported by the Office of Women’s Health.
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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.
Last revised: July 11, 2011