Learn more about heart disease, the leading cause of death in women in the United
While many women fear that they will die from cancer, heart disease remains the
number one killer of men and women in the United States. In fact, heart disease
kills almost twice as many women as all cancers, including breast cancer.
Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack
- Chest discomfort
- Pain spreading to the shoulder, neck or arm
- Shortness of breath
- Indigestion feeling
- Weakness or fatigue
- Discomfort or pain between shoulder blades
- Sense of impending doom.
Here are some facts you should know about how heart disease affects women every
day in this country:
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women! Here are a few facts about heart disease in women:
- One in two women will eventually die of heart disease or stroke compared to 1 in
25 who die from breast cancer.
- In 63 percent of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease, there were no previous
- Within one year after having a heart attack, 44% of women will die.
- Only 7 to 8 percent of women realize they are at greater risk of dying from heart disease
than breast cancer.
- The most prevalent and preventable risk factor for sudden cardiac death in women
younger than 45 is cigarette smoking.
- The absolute number of deaths due to heart disease in women is increasing.
- In 1994, heart disease claimed the lives of 250,000 women and accounted for 45 percent of
all deaths in women (more than all forms of cancer combined).
- The death rate due to heart disease is 34 percent higher in African-American women than