Go Red for Women


American Heart Association Statistics:
  • Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined
  • Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute
  • An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease
  • Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease
  • Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease
  • The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women and men, and are often misunderstood
  • While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease
  • Only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat
  • Women comprise only 24 percent of participants in all heart-related studies
Risk Factors:
  • womenheartdzHigh blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes and prediabetes
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Family history of early heart disease
  • History of preeclampsia during pregnancy
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Age (55 + for women)
Know the signs:
  • Pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest
  • Pain in one or both arms, back, neck, or jaw
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweats
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Women can have more of the atypical signs rather than frank chest pain

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