Search home » health and fitness » heart disease dr kim y branham basic author | 5 articles joined: september 25, 2012 was this article helpful? 0 0 heart disease in women by dr kim y branham heart disease is the number one killer and leading cause of disability of women in the united states. It is an astounding fact that one in four women actually dies of heart disease. That is twice as many deaths as of all cancers including breast. It used to be thought of as a mans disease, but not. More And increasing afterload, but if it is persistent, evidenced by residual mitral regurgitation and a significant outflow tract gradient, the valve should be reoperated on. The main surgical strategies to address systolic anterior motion are leaflet shortening, or posterior leaflet â€˜displacementâ€™ of excess leaflet height into the ventricle and out of the orifice using a short ptfe chordae. A larger mitral ring annuloplasty device should al.