Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus, a best-selling novel years ago, clearly convinced women that emotionally they differed from men. Unfortunately, despite American Heart Association’s increased awareness campaign for women, 46% of women still don’t know their relationship to heart disease.
Not only are women different from men when it comes to heart disease, but 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
Below are key points for every woman to know:
- Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women.
- Heart disease doesn’t affect all women the same.
- Warning signs for heart disease are not the same as for men.
Every minute in the United States someone’s wife, mother, daughter, or sister dies from heart disease, stroke or another form of cardiovascular disease. Many things put a female at risk for problems – some you can control and others that you can’t.
With the right information, education and care, heart disease in women can be treated, prevented and even ended. Understanding what heart disease is, knowing your risk factors, knowing the symptoms of heart disease and finally reducing your chances of heart disease with life style changes depends on one person – you.