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  • Smoking & Your Heart

    Smoking & Your Heart

    How common is smoking in women? A smoker is anyone who has smoked 100 cigarettes in his or her lifetime and who still smokes one or more cigarettes a day. More than 20 million American women smoke. In the 1970s, smoking levels began to decline in US adults, but the decline among women slowed down

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  • Reynolds Risk Score

    Reynolds Risk Score

    About the Reynolds Risk Score The Reynolds risk score is new risk calculator that is designed especially for women. It was developed in response to problems with the Framingham risk score, which underestimates risk in women. The Reynolds risk score uses a formula that, like the Framingham score, includes age, blood pressure, smoking, total cholesterol,

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  • Race, Ethnicity and Heart Disease

    Race, Ethnicity and Heart Disease

    What do race and ethnicity mean? The terms “race” and “ethnicity” can both be used to refer to people of similar cultural, religious, tribal, or geographic ancestry, yet they are both notoriously difficult to define. Scientists have called for using other forms of classification that are more strongly based in biology. Despite these troubled terms,

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  • Smoking & PAD Risk

    Smoking & PAD Risk

    A smoker is anyone who has smoked 100 cigarettes in her lifetime and currently smokes some days or every day. You may already know that smoking raises your risk of heart disease, but the damage caused by smoking is not limited to your heart. The harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke affect all the blood vessels

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  • Race, Ethnicity & PAD Risk

    What do race and ethnicity mean? The terms “race” and “ethnicity” are used to refer to people of similar cultural, religious, tribal, or geographic ancestry. However, both terms are notoriously difficult to define, and the divisions are not always based on biology rather than appearance. Despite these troubled terms, doctors have found differences in health

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  • PAD Screening

    Should I be screened for PAD in the legs? Most women who do not have symptoms of PAD do not need to be screened for PAD. Even if a test detected early PAD, treatment would be focused on getting your risk factors under control – something all women should be doing anyway. To learn how

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