New data released today by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health show that among all women, the level of awareness of heart disease as their number one killer continues to increase, particularly among women in older age groups including those more at risk of getting heart disease. A recent study fielded by Diet Coke on behalf of The Heart Truth, showed that nearly seven in 10 women mentioned heart disease as the leading cause of death among women. This is an increase from six in 10 women from the 2008 survey sponsored by Diet Coke.
An additional online study conducted by a Heart Truth media partner, Woman’s Day, also found that women are more aware of the risk factors contributing to heart disease. This study showed however, that women are challenged by their ability to take control of these aspects of their heart health. Sixty-two percent reported finding it difficult to exercise at the nationally recommended level of 30 minutes most days of the week, and more than half struggle to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
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