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Women & Heart Disease 

Although it is a common misconception, men are not the only ones at great risk for heart disease. Below are some of the facts related to heart disease that women should know.

Mortality 

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women 
  • Over 40% of all deaths in American women are caused by cardiovascular disease—heart and stroke combined—each year
  • 500,000 women die each year from cardiovascular disease 
  • 267,000 women die each year from all cancers combined 

Prevalence

  • 8 million American women currently live with heart disease 
  • 6 million American women have a history of heart attack and/or angina 
  • 13% of women age 45 and over have had a heart attack 

Women vs. Men 

  • 38% of women will die within one year after a heart attack 
  • 25% of men will die within one year after a heart attack 
  • 35% of women heart attack survivors will have another heart attack within six years 
  • 18% of men heart attack survivors will have another heart attack within six years 
  • 46% of women heart attack survivors will be disabled within six years 
  • 22% of men heart attack survivors will be disabled within six years 

Although more women than men die of cardiovascular disease each year, 

  • only 38% of women receive angioplasties, stents and bypass surgeries 
  • only 36% of women receive open heart surgeries 
  • only 25% of women are participants in heart-related research studies

If you want more information on women and heart disease or would like to schedule an appointment for a consultation and screening. Please call 480-323-3663.