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What women need to know about heart disease

Many women get their yearly mammogram to check for breast cancer; however they do not know if they are at risk for the number one killer of women- heart disease.

“Women don’t put their health as a priority. Often they may have symptoms of the disease and not even realize it because they pass it off as anxiety or stress,” says Dr. Gaile Sabaliauskas, a cardiologist at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital. “We need to educate women in knowing that these excuses are actually putting them at risk so they need to go to their physicians with any symptoms so that an appropriate evaluation can be made.”

Women can be at risk for heart disease if they have any of the following risk factors including a family history of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and inactivity. 

To learn more about the ways that women can take better care of their hearts and what makes heart disease for women unique, watch Dr. Sabaliauskas in this video:

Advocate Health Care has developed an online heart risk assessment that will help both men and women better understand when they are high risk so that they can do something about it. The tool can be found at

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