Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women, and a KSL radio show will tune into the issue on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The monthly radio feature, Women's Health Connection, is produced by the station and The Women's Centers of Intermountain Health Care. One in seven women between the ages of 45 and 64 suffers from some form of heart disease. After age 65, that figure increases to one in three.Risk factors for women include family history, high cholesterol levels, hypertension, smoking and diabetes.
"Traditionally, heart disease has been labeled as a man's disease," said Dr. Ronald Asay, a private cardiologist practicing in Utah County. "Research indicates that as women pass menopause, their heart disease rate accelerates so that it approximately equals that of men."
Asay will be the featured guest on the show. Listeners can call 575-8255 with questions.