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Most women don't know their risk for heart disease

Woman having her blood pressure and pulse taken at a doc office
Woman having her vitals taken. Photo: Media for Medical/UIG via Getty Images

Despite research showing 92% of American women understand heart conditions are a serious public health issue, most women are unaware of their own personal numbers for key measures of heart health, according to results of a new poll.

Why it matters: Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women. Knowing personal measures of blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, body mass index and waist circumference can help prevent and manage the disease.

The poll, which was conducted by Morning Consult in partnership with American Heart Association and commissioned by CVS Health, surveyed 1,141 adult women from Jan. 11-14.

The takeaway: Women have an "awareness paradox" in that almost all realize heart-related conditions are a serious concern, and 45% identify heart disease as a leading cause of death among women, but many remain unaware of their own risk factors.

By the numbers: The survey found 65% of women know their blood pressure numbers but are less familiar with other key personal indicators.

  • 57% don't know their cholesterol numbers.
  • 58% don't know their blood sugar levels.
  • 61% don't know their BMI.
  • 62% don't know their waist circumference.
Steve LeVine 10 hours ago
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Self-driving lab head urges freeze after "nightmare" fatality

Uber self-driving car in Pittsburgh. Photo: Jeff Swensen / Getty

Carmakers and technology companies should freeze their race to field autonomous vehicles because "clearly the technology is not where it needs to be," said Raj Rajkumar, head of Carnegie Mellon University's leading self-driving laboratory.

What he said: Speaking a few hours after a self-driven vehicle ran over and killed a pedestrian in Arizona, Rajkumar said, "This isn't like a bug with your phone. People can get killed. Companies need to take a deep breath. The technology is not there yet. We need to keep people in the loop."

Khorri Atkinson 4 hours ago
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Brother of Florida shooter arrested for trespassing at Stoneman Douglas High

Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the Florida schol school massacre. Photo: Amy Beth Bennett, Pool / Getty Images

Zachary Cruz, the brother of Nikolas Cruz who confessed to carrying out last month's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was arrested Monday after authorities say he trespassed on the site where the shooting took place, per the Miami Herald.

Situational awareness: The arrest comes just over a month after his brother shot and killed 14 students and 3 staff members to which prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.