Of the approximately 500,000 heart attack deaths each year in the United States, almost half occur in women, according to the American Heart Association. And deaths from high blood pressure are at a similar ratio. Yet fewer than three in ten women perceive heart disease to be their greatest health threat.
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Cardiovascular Disease in American Women
- Between the ages of 45 and 64, one in nine women has some form of cardiovascular disease.
- One in three women above the age of 65 has some form of cardiovascular disease.
- Of the approximately 500,000 fatal heart attacks per year, almost half occur in women.
- Women who have a heart attack are twice as likely to die within the first two weeks as are men.
- Within the first year after a heart attack, 39% of women die compared with 31% of men.
Yale University School of Medicine Heart Book,
Chapter 19, "Women and Heart Disease," by Dr. Lynda E. Rosenfeld
Hearst Books, NY, 1992
Walker Heart Institute is committed to being a resource for women that provides education, information and preventative screenings to assist women in making healthy decisions in their lives and helps to reduce deaths caused by heart disease.
The risk and incidence of heart disease starts to increase in women at age 40, yet many women are not aware of the symptoms of heart disease. Many think of it as a "men's" disease. Women are accustomed to being caregivers; they tend to dismiss their own symptoms and take longer to seek medical attention.