Women & Heart Disease

20 Fast Facts About Women and Heart Disease

With two female cardiologists on our staff, we understand and want to insure that women are aware of the facts about heart disease.

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Cardiovascular diseases and stroke cause 1 in 3 women's deaths each year in the U.S., killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.

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Heart disease and stroke affect women of all ethnicities.

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More than 95% of Americans consider family health history important, yet just over a third actively collect this information.

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Nearly 90% of women who are involved with the Go Red For Women movement have made at least one healthy behavior change.

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Women have a higher lifetime risk of stroke than men.

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Women are more likely to call 9-1-1 for someone else they believe to be having a heart attack than for themselves.

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80% of heart disease and stroke events may be prevented by lifestyle changes and education.

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90% of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease.

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The symptoms of heart attack can be different in women vs. men and are often misunderstood.

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Only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is their greatest health threat.

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Fundamentally, Life's Simple 7" is the key:
1. Manage blood pressure, 2. Control cholesterol,
3. Reduce blood sugar,4. Get active,  6. Lose weight, 
7. Stop smoking

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Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death for Hispanic women, killing about 21,000 annually.

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An estimated 44 million Women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases.

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48% of African-American women ages 20 and older have cardiovascular disease. Yet, only 14% believe that cardiovascular disease is their greatest health problem.

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Young women who have had a heart attack have lower quality of life and more physical limitations than young men.

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Fewer women than men survive their first heart attack.

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Women who are involved with the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Movement live healthier lives.

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One third of women who are involved with the Go Red For Women movement have talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.

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Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death for African-American women, killing over 48,000 annually.

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Cardiovascular disease deaths in women have decreased by more than 30% over the past 10 years.

Symptoms of as Heart Attack

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or
  • both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath, with or Without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  • As with men, the most common heart attack symptom in women is chest pain or discomfort.

However, Women are more likely to experience other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

If you experience any of these symptoms during a heart attack:

  • Do not wait to call for help. Dial 9-1-1 and make sure to follow the operator's instructions to get to a hospital right away.
  • Do not drive yourself or have someone drive you to the hospital unless you have no other choice.
  • Try to stay as calm as possible and take deep, slow breaths while you wait for the emergency responders.