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Len Rome's Local Health: Women's Heart Health

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Len Rome's Local Health: Women's Heart Health

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) - Women have some catching up to do when it comes to learning about their heart health -- they need health screenings to discover their risk factors.

A new survey shows women -- for the most part -- do not know when to start those tests.

Doctors say many women assume heart problems won't affect them until they're much older.

A heart specialist, Dr. Maria Demori said women are more likely to be affected.

"Many people believe it is a disease that mostly affects men. However, women are equally affected -- and in fact, we're still -- we have been dying more of heart disease than men."

The American Heart Association recommends healthy heart screenings should start when women are in their 20's.

They should include checking blood pressure, weight, cholesterol levels, and glucose levels.

Doctors say that at age 20 you should also start keeping track of your body mass index and waist size -- both can predict heart problems.

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