The Facts: Women and Heart Disease
Heart disease, including coronary artery disease, congestive heart
failure, angina and other conditions, is actually deadlier for women
than men. One in every 3 women will die of heart disease. For the last
20 years, more women than men have died of cardiovascular disease in
America. Nearly half a million women die every year of this disease --
65,000 more than men.
deadly disease goes virtually unrecognized as the number one killer of
women in America. While the statistics are disturbing, heart disease is
One way to
battle this killer is for all women to make a commitment to a lifestyle
that promotes lifelong health. This includes making sure that every
woman is educated about the risks of heart disease and consults a
doctor for routine preventative screenings. Knowledge is our strongest
Source: Comments from the White House concerning Laura Bush's belief that it is especially important to educate women about the risks of heart disease.
disease is the leading cause of death of American women, accounting for
32 percent ofall deaths per year. Nearly 366,000 women in America die
every year of heart disease.
- 8 million
American women are currently living with heart disease and of those, 6
million have a family history of heart disease.
- Fewer than
half of all women are aware that heart disease is the number 1 killer
of American women. Most women identify cancer as the leading cause of
- In the
United States, all cardiovascular diseases combined claim the lives of
more women's every year than the next 16 causes of death combined --
and almost twice as many as all forms of cancer.
- One in three women will die from heart disease, while one in 25 women die from breast cancer.
- Every year since 1984, more women than men have died of cardiovascular disease.
- There is no previous evidence of coronary heart disease in 63 percent of the women who suddenly die from the disease.
- Smoking is the most prevalent and preventable risk factor for cardiovascular disease in women younger than 45.
- 40 percent
to 50 percent of women older than 45 have high blood pressure and an
elevated total cholesterol level -- both well-documented risk factors.
- Heart disease is often preventable.
Source: White House Women's Health and Wellness Initiative