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B. Women & Heart Disease: A Devastating Lack of Awareness

Narrator: This is Science Today. Less than ten percent of women nationwide consider heart disease the biggest threat to their health, even though it ranks as the leading cause of death among women. Dr. Rita Redberg of the University of California, San Francisco, has conducted previous research on women and heart disease and found women are not as diligent about protecting their hearts as they are about preventing breast cancer.

Redberg: Women are much more likely to die of heart disease. In fact, one in three women will die of cardiovascular disease in this country. Where it's about one in nine for breast cancer, which is commonly what women will cite as their biggest health fear.

Narrator: Because heart disease is largely preventable, Redberg emphasizes that understanding personal risk is of utmost importance.

Redberg: Because there are a lot of things that people can do to prevent heart disease. But if you're not thinking that heart disease is ever going to be an issue for you, then you're not as likely to engage in preventative type behavior. And unfortunately, it's true for most of us that heart disease will be an issue.

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