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Startling Heart Disease Statistics
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 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

  • 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.
  • CVD caused 1 death per minute among women in 2007. That represents more female lives than were claimed by cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and accidents combined.
  • 421,918 deaths in American women are caused by CVD each year.

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

*Statistics adapted from:
Go A S, Mozaffarian, D, Roger, V L, Benjamin E J, et al. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2013 Update: A Report from the American Heart Association Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcommittee. Circulation 2013.

Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2011 Update: A Report from the American Heart Association Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcommittee. Circulation, 2011; 121:31-e-170.

Updated January 2013
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