Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones explains why post-menopausal women are more at risk than their male counterparts, and what women can do to prevent heart diseases.">

Feb 27, 2018 — Heart diseases are the No. 1 killer of women—causing more deaths than all cancers combined. On today's Health Minute, women's health expert Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones explains why post-menopausal women are more at risk than their male counterparts, and what women can do to prevent heart diseases.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing more deaths than all cancers combined. Dr. Kirtly Jones, why is that?

Dr. Jones: Well, the risk of heart-related diseases in premenopause women is much lower than the same aged men, but after menopause, women catch up, and by 60 we've passed men in the incidence of heart disease. Almost two-thirds of women, 64%, who die suddenly of coronary heart disease, had no previous symptoms. So even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk. So take care of your heart. You should know your blood pressure and your cholesterol. Talk to your health care provider about whether you should be tested for diabetes. If you're a smoker, stop smoking, and be careful about your food and alcohol choices. Try to maintain a healthy weight and keep moving.

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