New Survey Finds Women Are Under-Evaluated and Under-Treated
of women over age 45 who visit their obstetrician/gynecologist (Ob/Gyn)
as their primary care provider are not being screened for
cardiovascular disease (CVD), the No.1 killer of women, according to a
Moreover, almost half of these women are at high risk for developing CVD, yet are not receiving treatment, the survey indicated.
cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for developing CVD, which
kills more than 500,000 women each year - more than all forms of cancer
combined, according to the American Heart Association. Estimates show
that one in two women will die of heart disease or stroke, compared
with one in 27 who will die of breast cancer, which is perceived by
women to be their greatest risk.
and mortality associated with heart disease is a major threat to
women," said Dr. Daniel R. Mishell Jr., chairman of the Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Southern California (USC)
Keck School of Medicine. "This survey is important because it alerts
those Ob/Gyn practitioners, who many women consider to be their primary
care physicians, of the need to conduct regular risk assessment with
early intervention to treat the risk factors for heart disease."