Cardiovascular illnesses have been long neglected in their role as the primary cause of mortality in women, both by patients and physicians. More easily identifiable female illnesses, such as breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer, have been regarded as the primary concern for women's health.1 Men are still believed to be at greater risk for myocardial infarction and stroke and are thus more aggressively informed, counseled, and treated for these diseases. The results from a survey sponsored by the American Heart Association and KOS Pharmaceuticals showed low levels of physicians' awareness of cardiovascular risk in women and undertreatment of risk factors.2 In fact, most of the health and mortality disparities we see today are due to a combination of several factors.
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