Women’s Heart Health

Women and Heart Disease

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Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. It is also a leading cause of disability among women; thus making prevention of heart disease so important. Both men and women have heart attacks; but, more women die from them. Additionally, two-thirds of women who survive a heart attack fail to make a full recovery.

We have made excellent strides in the past several years in increasing awareness of women and heart disease. The national symbol for women and heart disease is a red dress – It doesn’t matter what you wear, it will affect you if you fail to get screened, have early detection, or control your risk factors. In the past several years we have lowered the number of women with heart disease from 1 in 2, to 1 in 4 women

having heart disease. The mere fact that we can change that number is motivating in itself. All we need to do is get screened, become knowledgeable of our risks and control our risk factors.  Did you know, many women who have heart disease, their first symptom is their last?  It doesn’t have to be that way.  Know your risk factors and get screened.  Heart disease can be prevented.

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