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US rules on women's heart health

21st February 2007

The American Heart Association (AHA) has launched a new educational campaign aimed at preventing women from dying of heart disease.

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New data has produced new guidelines on cardiovascular disease prevention, including advice to women to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day just to stay healthy.

Those hoping to lose weight should take 60 to 90 minutes' exercise three times a week at least, the new guidelines state.

Cardiovascular disease refers to any disease that affects the heart and blood vessels, including stroke. It is the cause of death for one in three American women.

The AHA women's heart disease prevention strategy has three main elements: living a healthy lifestyle, addressing major heart risk factors, and using appropriate medications.

 

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