Letters: May 19, 2003

The No. 1 Killer of Women

Your report on women and heart disease struck home [HEALTH, April 28]. In 1998 I was a 49-year-old married workingwoman who found herself not feeling well. The diagnosis was high blood pressure. I was given medication, but it didn't help. I had no energy and poor skin color, and I passed out twice at home. One day I told my family I felt as if I were dying, and I was taken to the hospital. My father died of heart failure at 59, and my mother had heart surgery in her 60s. It should not...

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