Rates of incidence for specific heart abnormalities vary, but more people die from heart disease - especially coronary artery disease - than any other cause of death. Five to 9 percent of people 20 years of age and older will develop coronary artery disease at some point in their lives. Most heart abnormalities occur at higher rates in men than in women and in African-Americans than in Caucasians.
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What is the rate of incidence for heart abnormalities?
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Are heart disease and kidney disease linked?
Discovery Health answered
Heart disease is more common among people with kidney disease. When people with kidney disease die, heart failure is the most common cause.
Even people with mild to moderate kidney disease are more likely to have heart disease than others of the same sex and age who do not have kidney disease.
A recent study of heart failure patients reported that most patients had some degree of abnormal kidney function, and the patients who did had an estimated 50 percent greater risk of death than those with normal kidney function.
What is a gynecologist?
Gynecologists are medical doctors who diagnose and treat diseases of the female reproductive system.
Gynecologists perform surgeries, such as removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) and ovaries (oophorectomy) and also can provide routine care, such as Pap smears or breast examinations. Gynecologists may also practice obstetrics (the management of pregnancy). They may further specialize in gynecologic oncology (the care and treatment of women with cancers of the reproductive organs) or reproductive endocrinology (the care and treatment of women and men who have infertility problems).
Gynecologists can be board-certified through the Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
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