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Gynecologists Heart Disease

March 28, 2012 by staff 

Gynecologists Heart Disease, Screening women for heart disease at obstetrics and gynecology clinics may detect cardiovascular risk and head off heart problems for women who do not see a primary care physician, researchers said.

Many women do not have a primary care physician but seek out basic OB/GYN services, the researchers said.

Women often are undertreated or unaware of risk factors for heart disease, yet it is the leading cause of death among women in the United States. And the rate of heart-related death in women between the ages of 35 and 44 continues to increase 1 percent per year, the researchers said.

“Women take care of their breasts and get mammograms and take care of their bones by getting bone density tests, but often neglect their hearts,” said Dr. Roxana Mehran, director of interventional cardiovascular research and clinical trials at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, and the lead researcher in a two-year pilot program that studied the issue.

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