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Coronary heart disease is the biggest single killer of women in the UK and US. In the UK, one in six women dies from this condition, which also kills around 250,000 women a year in the US. The WHO predicts that by 2020, global female deaths from CHD will total around 5.5 million. Yet, it is still commonly perceived as a male problem. The media focus on cancer, and breast cancer in particular, means that many women are t well-informed about how they can protect themselves against heart disease, even though women are four times as likely to die from a heart problem than from breast cancer. This book takes a positive look at how women can take care of their own hearts via prevention, which is very effective in tackling heart problems. The risk factors for heart disease are kwn - obesity, smoking, lack of exercise, poor diet, family history, high blood pressure, high cholesterol - and most can be tackled. The book will also give the facts about healthy hearts, explain how the heart works and describe recent advances in coronary care.
Jill Eckersley is an acclaimed health journalist and the author of several Sheldon books.