Statins Help Lower Cholesterol in Women

Study concludes heart disease treatment is effective for women as well as men.
2:10 | 01/30/12

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Preventing heart attacks some big medical news today as we know heart disease -- the number one killer of women as well as men. And tonight ABC's doctor Richard -- -- tells us that for the first time. A study proves that -- -- are as effective in preventing heart attacks among women as men. Including some women who have not been getting help. Free new Coley is exactly who they're talking about 53 years old with a classic risk factors for heart disease like cholesterol it's always been hi my father died of -- stroke and mind. -- How -- massive -- attack. But her doctor didn't prescribe a Staten drug used to lower cholesterol and heart disease risk she said -- you can bring it down with their diet and exercise. -- -- -- A cardiology fellow in Boston won her mom on Staten I have to say I felt incredibly frustrated that she wasn't getting treated in the appropriate way despite having with factors. Today's study -- changed doctors mines it's the first proof that -- -- just as well and women like we knew is they do it meant. -- reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke by 19%. By lowering cholesterol and reducing inflammation. Bringing relief to a Denver mom who can finally follow her daughter's advice. I think my doctors saved my life. I -- -- fought hard pushing this stacked over army may be unit sort of been the same for me as a plus for my brother who had a -- -- -- being on a commitment. Her daughter -- her life what on earth took so long the study women style I know it's surprising but none of the studies that were done had enough women in in them individually to answer the question they had the combined together. -- -- -- so what do you recommend for women going and -- -- the doctor do you ask for consideration of a Staten what do you do well you don't ask for Staten but you have to look at your overall risk because it's not just about cholesterol. If you're obese if you have diabetes if you smoke if you have high blood pressure. -- -- more importantly if there's a family history of heart disease you have to be talking about this in getting treatment. Regardless of your gender -- a reminder again the number one killer of women true number one heart disease thank you rich --

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