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Medical News & Perspectives
June 28, 2000

Women, Heart Disease, and Stroke Are Focus of International Meeting

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JAMA. 2000;283(24):3185-3186. doi:10.1001/jama.283.24.3185

Victoria, British Columbia—Fearing that too many people are ignoring a growing epidemic while research lags, health professionals met at the First International Conference on Women, Heart Disease, and Stroke to have their voices heard.

"Although cardiovascular disease has been the leading cause of death in females for decades, it has only been recently that this fact has received the attention and careful research that is required," said Michele Turek, MD, a cardiologist from Ottawa, Ontario. "This comes at a time when there has been an explosion of proven medical therapies and procedures, as well as surgical options, to combat heart disease and stroke."

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