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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women – here’s how we can address it

Discovery Communications Wellness Center medical technician Charline Faison checks the blood pressure of patient and Discovery employee Bonnary Lek (L) during a medical appointment at the clinic in the Discovery headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland December 3, 2009. The parent of Animal Planet, the Discovery Channel and other major cable television channels calculates it saved $5 million since opening a corporate wellness center with a clinic and other wellness programs five years ago. About $4 million of that is from lower medical claim costs. As Democratic lawmakers in Washington inch ahead with plans to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, companies like Discovery are striking out on their own -- whether through on-site doctors or diet plans -- to rein in soaring costs in a nation where employers still pay for the bulk of medical care. Picture taken December 3, 2009. To match Special Report USA-HEALTHCARE/WELLNESS   REUTERS/Jim Bourg   (UNITED STATES HEALTH BUSINESS SOCIETY) - GM1E5C90NVL01

The Lancet Commission aims to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by 2030. Image: REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Ruma Bhargava
Lead, Mental Health, World Economic Forum
Megha Bhargava
Joint Commissioner Income Tax, Ministry of Finance, Government of India
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Cardiovascular disease accounts for 35% of deaths in women globally.
Cardiovascular disease accounts for 35% of deaths in women globally. Image: The Lancet
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