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Dr. Joan Briller is Raising Awareness for Women and Heart Disease

Friday, February 14, 2014

February is American Heart Association's Heart Month and for years Joan Briller, MD, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology, has been an active faculty member in raising awareness for women and heart disease. On February 11, 2014 Dr. Briller was interviewed by Northwestern University's Medill Reports as part of a story about one Chicago woman's battle with heart disease. Dr. Briller explained the woman's condition, which lead to triple-bypass surgery, and how to reduce the risk of heart disease. Dr. Briller places a special emphasis on women's heart health because more women have heart disease than breast cancer, and is a leading cause of death in the United States.

According to the American Heart Association's guidelines, there are seven simple rules to improve heart health:

1. Get active
2. Eat healthy
3. Maintain a healthy weight
4. Stop smoking
5. Monitor your cholesterol
6. Monitor your blood pressure
7. Reduce your blood sugar