Women and heart disease

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Protect yourself

Heart attacks don't discriminate. Women are at risk for heart disease too. In fact:

  • 1 in 5 women has some form of heart disease.
  • 4 out of 5 women don't know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women.
  • Heart disease kills more women than breast cancer and the next 7 causes of death combined.

It is important to listen to your body. Don't ignore symptoms that could be the first signs of heart disease.

Being a woman doesn't necessarily protect you from the risks of heart disease, so it's important to live a heart-healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, and know the factors that can increase your risk. For women and men alike, these things will increase your risk of a heart attack:

  • woman swimmingSmoking and vaping
  • Poor food choices
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Too much stress

Are you concerned about your risk?

Email your doctor or make an appointment.

Reviewed by: Amey R. Kulkarni, MD, June 2019

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