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Cardiovascular Disease in Women

How Nurses Can Promote Awareness and Prevention


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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death of women in the U.S. and Canada. Experts estimate that one in two U.S. women will die of heart disease or stroke compared with one in 25 women who will die of breast cancer. Risk factors for CVD include hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity and sedentary lifestyle.