Women are also at risk

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 October, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 October, 1997, 12:00am

With reference to the article on heart disease (South China Morning Post, October 15), it is important to point out that heart disease is not a male affliction.

It is a leading cause of death for women in the developed world.

Not only are women developing coronary artery disease in great numbers, particularly after menopause, the outcomes for women are less favourable in many cases than men's.

In the newsletter, In The Middle (a newsletter on women's health published in Hong Kong), the importance of controlling the risk factors especially high fat diet, lack of exercise and smoking are discussed. It seems here in Hong Kong, that ever greater numbers of young women are smoking and the ultimate health toll will be dramatic.

The bright side of coronary artery disease is that research and medications and treatments are advancing exponentially and many of the factors which cause it are controllable with a healthy lifestyle.

The dark side is that people, and women in particular, are not paying attention to the risks and feeling that heart disease is 'not their problem'. More education, public awareness and physicians' diligence will help.

Women must be their own best advocates for their own health. It truly is our most valuable possession.




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