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E. Increased Awareness about Women and Heart Disease

Narrator: This is Science Today. A recent study has found women under sixty who have had a heart attack are much more likely to die in the two years after their attack than men are. The reason was not clear, but there were implications that behavioral and psychosocial factors may have been involved. Meanwhile, at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Rita Redberg says it's encouraging that in the last five to ten years, there have been more studies including women as subjects.

Redberg:There was always a concern that most of the studies have been done in men and we weren't sure whether the same therapies that would apply for men would also be equally applicable for women.

Narrator: Because heart disease is the number one killer for men and women in this country and women have a higher mortality rate - Redberg says increased awareness about prevention is crucial.

Redberg: Even though we don't see heart disease in women 'til after age fifty, you can start preventing heart disease, though, much younger than that - in twenties and thirties because a lot of heart disease prevention is life style behaviors.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.