Heart Health

 HeartDid you know...

• Heart disease is the #1 killer of American women.

• One in five women have some form of cardiovascular disease.

• In 1999, cardiovascular disease (CVD) caused the deaths of 512,904 females, 53.5% of all deaths from CVD.

• One out of three women compared with one out of four men will die within one Heart Monitoryear after having a heart attack.

• A woman's chances of developing heart disease soar after she goes through menopause.

• More women than men will suffer a second heart attack within six years after their first heart attack.

• African American women are 60 percent more likely to die of coronary heart disease than white women.

• Women with diabetes are 3 to 4 times more likely than men to develop heart disease.

• Fewer than one in ten women today think that heart disease is their greatest health threat.

• Diabetes doubles the risk of a second heart attack in women.

 

Source: 4woman.gov

 

You can take simple, daily steps to ensure your heart and blood vessels are healthy and strong. You can:

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WHAT WOMEN SHOULD KNOW: THE WARNING SIGNS OF A HEART ATTACK

Every minute counts, even if the symptoms seem to disappear!  Know that not everyone gets all of these warning signs.  And, sometimes these signs can go away and return. Treatments are most effective if given within one hour of when the attack begins. If you have these symptoms, call 911 right away!
Signs of a Heart Attack:

Source: 4woman.gov

 

For more information, click on the links below.

 

National Coalition for Women with Heart DiseaseThe National Coalition for Women with Heart Diesease is the nation's only national patient advocacy organization serving the 8,000,000 American women living with heart disease and provides them support, information and advocacy. We aim to improve their quality of life and healthcare, to include early detection, accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.

 

The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose American Heart Associationmission is: "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke."

 

4woman.govwomenshealth.gov works to improve the health and well-being of women and girls in the United States through its innovative programs, educating health professionals, and motivating behavior change in consumers through the dissemination of health information.