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Cardiovascular Disease and Women


Mitchell Ross, MD, practices at Banner Estrella Medical Center.

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Text:     This video is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is not intended to provide professional medical advice or any other professional service. If medical or other professional assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought. Banner Health © 

Audio:  Opening Theme Music

Text: Banner Health Presents: Ask The Expert
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Image:  Mitchell Ross, MD, speaks on-camera throughout video. 

Text:     Mitchell Ross, MD - Banner Estrella Medical Center

Audio:  “I’m Dr. Mitchell Ross, a cardiologist at Banner Estrella Medical Center. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality in women…”

Image: Two women, seated on couch while talking.

Text: 1/3 of Deaths

Audio:  “…accounting for one-third of deaths.”

Text: 38 million women

Audio:  “In the United States alone, 38 million women are living with cardiovascular disease.  Much of this disease is preventable thru either lifestyle interventions or medical therapies. However, many women are uncertain about how best to reduce their personal risk…”


Audio:  “…and whether or not aspirin can help them to prevent heart disease.”

Image: Smiling female with bicycle

Text: 2005 Women’s Health Study

Audio:  “In 2005, the results of the first large-scale Women’s Health Study were released.”

Text: 40,000 Women, 45 years old and above

Audio:  “This trial enrolled nearly 40,000 healthy women aged 45 and above.”

Text: ASPIRIN Used in Study

Audio:  “This test group was given either aspirin or a placebo and were then followed for ten years. The study found that, on the whole, aspirin did not prevent first heart attacks or death from cardiovascular disease. Additionally, there was an increase in episodes of gastrointestinal bleeding, a known side effect of aspirin. However, the study did reveal some advantages of aspirin use among women. The risk of ischemic stroke, due to blockages of blood vessels in the brain, was 17-percent lower in the aspirin group.”

Image: Aspirin bottle

Text: Aspirin was shown to reduce the risk of a first heart attack by 34%

Audio:  “Additionally, in patients 65 years of age or older, aspirin was shown to reduce the risk of a first heart attack by 34-percent.”

Image: Drinking glass of water.

Text: The AHA recommends women to consider taking a baby or low-dose aspirin daily

Audio:  “The American Heart Association therefore recommends that women over 65 – even healthy women – consider taking a baby aspirin once a day. For high-risk women, regardless of age…”

Text: Diabetes, Chronic Kidney Disease, Stroke, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Coronary Disease

Audio:  “…including patients with diabetes, chronic kidney disease, stroke, peripheral arterial disease or coronary disease, daily aspirin is generally recommended.”

Text: Consult your physician before starting aspirin therapy

Audio:  “All women, before beginning aspirin therapy, should consult their personal physician.”

Text:       For more health information from Banner Health experts
Please Visit or call Banner Health’s Physician Referral & Resource Line at 1(800) 230-CARE (2273)

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Page Last Modified: 09/03/2015
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