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Women and Heart Disease Facts

November 30, 2012

Heart disease is the number one cause of death of women in the United States, but many women are unaware of the threat that they are facing. This fact sheet seeks to emphasize the urgent need for women to realize the dangers of heart disease and take effective measures to prevent and control it. 

  • heart disease and women factsApproximately 8.6 million women around the world die from heart disease every year, representing one third of the total number of deaths among women. Also, 3 million women are killed by stroke annually.
  • About 8 million American women are presently living with heart disease and 4 million are suffering from angina.
  • Every year, approximately 435,000 women experience heart attacks.
  • 42% of women who suffer heart attacks pass away within one year.
  • Heart attacks kill about 267,000 women every year, which is six times as many as breast cancer. Additionally, 31,800 women die from congestive heart failure annually, accounting for about 62% of all heart failure deaths.
  • The early warning sign of heart attack for approximately 70% of women is sudden and extreme weakness, usually without chest pain.
  • Almost two-thirds of women who are killed by heart attacks do not have a history of chest pain.
  • Women who smoke are likely to experience a heart attack about 19 years earlier than those who do not.
  • Women who are suffering from high blood pressure are 3.5 times more susceptible to coronary heart disease than those who have normal blood pressure.
  • Women with diabetes are more than twice more likely to have a heart attack than women who do not have the condition.

The best way to prevent and manage heart disease is to seek medical assistance as soon as possible. If you are at risk of or suffering from heart disease, you can get advice from our cardiologists.


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