Jessica Whitfield

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Cardiovascular disease is now recognized as the leading cause of death in women, according to Dr. Nausheen Akhter.

Though many women may think cancer or stroke pose a higher risk, Akhter shows the charts that back up medical fact. A 32 percent chance - that's the lifetime risk for a woman over 40 of developing coronary artery disease. The disease can lead to a fatal heart attack.