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 Barbie's Birthday Celebrates Advances in Women's Healthcare

March 2, 2012   Contact: Sue Crosson-Knutson   312-334-2311

CHICAGO - On March 9, Barbie® will celebrate her 53rd birthday. The 11.5” cultural icon has always maintained an active lifestyle.   
“Women in their 50s should remain active,” said Kellie Brown, M.D., a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery®. “Thirty minutes of exercise daily, eating healthy, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy body weight are key to good health.”
Since Barbie’s debut in 1959, great strides have been made in women’s health care. Well known medical advances include the following:
  • women’s smaller neck arteries (carotid and vertebral) result in quicker buildup of plaque which restricts blood flow leading to strokes and heart attacks. 
  • women over age 65 are more likely to develop clogged or narrowed arteries in the legs without displaying Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) symptoms. Women with PAD have four times the risk of stroke and heart attack.
  • women’s smaller arteries result in more fatalities from abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) which are under-diagnosed in women. Therefore, non-invasive vascular screenings are even more important for women.
“In many instances, an active lifestyle may prevent life-threatening vascular conditions,” said Dr. Brown.  “Physical activity such as walking, swimming, aerobics, and dancing can help reduce blood pressure and keep the body healthy. Better still, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a great example to set for our daughters.”
Non-invasive tests often detect vascular disease in its early stages. In addition, medications can help lower plaque buildup. For vascular health information, log onto:
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