Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute!”

However, contrary to popular belief, it does not affect women in the same way that it affects men in terms of its symptoms. This is one of the few misconceptions about heart disease that could be putting you as a woman at risk. By exploring this website you will learn about common heart diseases, risk factors, and symptoms mainly affecting women.

Watch the video below to get a fundamental understanding and introduction to heart disease in women.

All credits for the video above go to Women Heart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease


Facts on Women and Heart Disease

1.     Even though heart disease in commonly thought of as a “man’s disease”, approximately the same number of women and men die every year due to heart disease in the United States.

2.     Although efforts have been made to increase awareness for heart disease in women throughout the past decade, only around 50% of women recognize that heart disease is the main cause of their death.

3.      Surprisingly, around two-thirds of women who die as a result of coronary artery disease show no previous symptoms. Although you experience no symptoms, you may remain at risk for heart disease.

 

Websites Used: 

  1. https://www.goredforwomen.org/fight-heart-disease-women-go-red-women-official-site/about-heart-disease-in-women/facts-about-heart-disease/
  2. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/heart-disease/art-20046167
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_women_heart.htm
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34lzCfNsITM&t=4s