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You Should Know

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Startling Heart Disease Statistics

 Heart disease is a woman’s disease

  • More women than men die of cardiovascular disease each year.
  • Women are less likely than men to receive appropriate treatment after a heart attack.
  • Cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer of women globally, killing more women than all cancers, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria combined.

Many women are affected

  • 42.9 million women are currently living with some form of cardiovascular disease (CVD), which is disease of the heart and blood vessels.
  • More than 2.6 million women have a history of heart attack.
  • 30.7% of Mexican-American women have cardiovascular disease.
  • 48.9% of African-American women have cardiovascular disease.

It’s fatal

  • Heart disease causes 1 in 3 deaths each year.
  • Heart disease and stroke cause 8.6 million deaths among women annually, a third of all deaths in women worldwide.

Take ownership of your heart disease risk by knowing your numbers.

Updated January 2015
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