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Global Health
July 20, 2021

Urgent Need to Reduce Heart Disease Among Women Worldwide

JAMA. 2021;326(3):214. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.11409

One-third of women globally die of cardiovascular disease, yet women too often go undiagnosed and untreated, according to a report by a commission of 17 women experts from 11 countries.

Although cardiovascular disease prevalence has decreased among women by about 4% since 1990, it remains the leading cause of death in women. However, disease rates are increasing in rapidly industrializing, populous countries like China, India, and Indonesia, according to the report. Even so, clinicians and the general public often underestimate women’s heart disease risks.

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