The American Heart Association has drafted guidelines, based on a review of 7,000 studies, specifically for women that offer prevention strategies based on heart disease risk. In addition to the long-standing recommendations to stop smoking, exercise regularly and eat well, women are being told to avoid antioxidant vitamin supplements, which prevent cholesterol-lowering medications from working. Women with higher risk factors, such as those with diabetes, also need to carefully control their blood sugar levels.

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