Women & Heart Disease
- Women account for just over half of the total heart disease deaths in the United States each year, although many women continue to think of heart disease as a man’s disease.
- Worldwide, 8.6 million women die from heart disease each year, accounting for a third of all deaths in women.
- 42% of women who have heart attacks die within 1 year, compared to 24% of men.
- Under age 50, women’s heart attacks are twice as likely as men’s to be fatal.
- 8 million women in the US are currently living with heart disease; 35,000 are under age 65. Four million suffer from angina.
- 435,000 American women have heart attacks annually; 83,000 are under age 65; 35,000 are under 55.
- 267,000 women die each year from heart attacks – six times more than the number of women who die from breast cancer.
This disease is the number one cause of death in women although many women continue to think of this disease as a man’s disease. Women’s heart attack symptoms can also be quite different from men’s. It is time to get the word out! Surprising isn’t it? We thought it would have been cancer.