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.
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death of American women, killing more than a third.
- Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease.
- Heart and vascular disease kills more women than COPD, lung cancer, breast cancer, and diabetes combined.
Many women are affected
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.
Take ownership of your heart disease risk by knowing your numbers.
- Heart disease causes 1 in 3 deaths each year.
- CVD caused 1 death per minute among women in 2007. That represents more
female lives than were claimed by cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and
- 421,918 deaths in American women are caused by CVD each year.
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Updated January 2013