Heart Disease in Women

  • Females represent 52.8 percent of deaths from cardiovascular disease
  • One in three female adults have some form of cardiovascular disease
  • Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women

Diseases of the heart and circulatory system kill over half a million women every year. Often times, heart attacks in women go unnoticed or unreported. This is because some women and their doctors do not always take heart disease symptoms seriously, and also because women’s symptoms are sometimes more subtle than men’s. Women do not often view heart disease as a woman’s problem. They may frequently continue activities when they feel ill, either seeing their symptoms as not serious, or just not realizing that they represent a heart condition. Women and their doctors need to understand the significance of heart disease and the gender differences in risk factors and symptoms.
Heart disease and stroke can strike women at any age. The processes that lead to heart disease start in young women and develop over time. There are some risk factors you cannot control such as getting older, but by making some lifestyle changes you can lower your risk for cardiovascular disease.

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