Those Fragile Hearts

Who dies from heart attacks? Surprisingly, more women than men

When I think of someone having a heart attack, the image that comes to mind is of a red-faced, overweight, middle-aged businessman. What I forget--and what I was forcefully reminded of by a survey in the current edition of Women's Health Issues--is that heart disease is also the No. 1 killer of women. In fact, more women than men die of heart disease each year, notes Dr. Sharonne Hayes, director of the Mayo Women's Heart Clinic and co-author of the study.

No wonder women with heart disease--6.4 million in the U.S. alone--are unhappy with their medical care. In the past two...

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