Heart Disease Awareness Among Women Still LackingPosted on May 11, 2017
There have been major strides made in increasing the awareness of heart disease in women. Over the past 15 years the amount of women who are aware that heart disease is the number one killer has nearly doubled. However, this awareness continues to be lacking among young women and minorities according to a recent study published in the Journal of Circulation. Heart disease is considered a spectrum of many different disorders all based on the heart. In the United States is responsible for over a quarter of all deaths. In the recent study researchers compared the awareness of women about heart disease in 1997 to the awareness of women of heart disease and 2012. The difference was shocking. In 1997 only 30% of women were aware of the heart disease was the leading killer as compared to 56% in 2012. 15 years ago women were much more likely to believe that cancer was the leading killer as opposed to heart disease. In 2012 the percentage of women who indicated cancer as the number one killer was reduced to 24% proving that awareness among the general population is better. The lowest awareness rate among all age groups was found in women 25 to 34 years of age. Most young women shared that their doctors were not likely to inform them about heart disease or any associated risks. While most young women are likely to be in good health, Dr. Kim informs patients of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and being in good overall health. Patients who are considering popular procedures like breast augmentation or liposuction are good candidates for the procedures when they are in good overall health. Maintaining favorable results long-term is best achieved when patients maintain a healthy lifestyle. Patients who are considering cosmetic plastic surgery are encouraged to contact Dr. Kim and schedule a consultation.