The Amazing Human Heart

Date: November 25th, 2014

Did you know that the human heart is divided into four chambers? After blood passes through the lungs to pick up oxygen, it flows into the two upper chambers, called atria. When each atrium contracts, or squeezes, blood is pushed through a valve—a thin leaflet of tissue that keeps the blood moving in the correct direction—into the bottom chambers, or ventricles. Blood is then squeezed out of the ventricles through another set of valves and circulated throughout the body. Valves keep

Tools to Help Women Take Charge of Their Bone Health

Date: May 1st, 2008

Osteoporosis, also known as porous bone disease, is a silent disease; often the first symptom is a broken bone. It poses a serious risk to older, post-menopausal women, although men can develop the disease also. Ten million Americans have osteoporosis, and 34 million suffer from osteopenia or low bone mass, which increases the risk of developing osteoporosis. The aging of the baby boomer generation will boost these numbers to 52 million by 2010. Women have an opportunity to hear from other

Woman's Breaking Point

Date: April 1st, 2005

A new national survey reveals too many physicians misread or do not even ask about the fears of their osteoporosis patients and inferentially suggests this may be one more reason why many patients do not stick with their medications. According to the Women’s Bone Health Survey conducted by the Opinion Research Corporation in collaboration with the Alliance, more than half of the polled women say they take their medications to remain healthy and independent, yet two-thirds of the surveyed doctors believe avoiding bone

The Tough Decisions Behind Hormone Therapy

Date: April 1st, 2003

Women have relied on hormone therapy for decades to relieve symptoms of menopause. But with last year's dramatic announcement about the risks of hormone therapy, women suddenly faced an agonizing choice: Was relief from hot flashes really worth the increased risk of heart disease or breast cancer? The National Institutes of Health study, known as the Women's Health Initiative, found that the most common form of hormone therapy, estrogen-progestin pills, significantly increased the risk of stroke, heart disease, and breast cancer. NIH

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The Costs of Being a Woman!

Date: February 1st, 2003

It's no secret that chronic illnesses are costly to treat. But until now, few had any idea just how costly. A recent study examined three diseases that strike women especially hard - cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and stress urinary incontinence. The results show that these diseases have the potential to cripple you financially as well as physically. For example, it can cost $423,000 over a woman's lifetime to treat her cardiovascular disease and the conditions associated with it, such as high blood pressure and

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