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Jul 17, 2011 3:00 AM by Dr. Anya Winslow

Feeling healthy doesn't mean you are healthy

Many may think heart disease is a "man's disease" or perceive it as an "older woman's disease," but numbers are showing us otherwise.

According to the U.S. CDC and the American Heart Association, heart disease is:

- The number one killer of women and men in the U.S.
- Women account for nearly fifty percent of heart disease deaths.
- Two-thirds of women who die suddenly of heart attack had no prior symptoms.
- More women die of heart disease than the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer.
- It's the number one killer of women twenty and older.

One local woman, who didn't think she was a risk until a blockage in her heart almost ended her life at an early age, shares her story tonight with KOAA at 5:30.

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