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Understanding Heart Disease


"Heart disease is not just a man's disease—it kills more women than men."

Leading Cause of Death in American Women
A woman is 5 times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than from breast cancer. Women are less likely than men to receive the appropriate treatment after a heart attack and are more likely than men to die in the first year after a heart attack. Despite these facts, surveys have shown that primary care physicians are generally unaware of such gender disparities in diagnosing and treating this disease.

Download the fact sheet on the leading causes of death in American women.

Learn the signs of a heart attack:

Take charge of your health:

Heart Disease 101:

Multimedia resources:

    Women and Heart Disease Interactive Patient Resource Guide [from WomenHeart] Women and Heart Disease – a patient resource guide published by WomenHeart. This interactive online workbook provides educational resources and support as you learn about cardiovascular disease and the impact it has on overall health. The workbook includes videos, print tools, and an audio version of the written text. [en español, Las mujeres y la enfermedad cardíaca]
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