Women and Heart Disease

Question: What is the leading cause of death for American Women?
Answer: Heart Disease

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has initiated a campaign to alert women to the risks of Heart Disease which is the number 1 killer of women. One in 3 will die of cardiovascular disease. In 2000, 366,000 women died compared to 42,000 deaths from Breast Cancer.

A half-million American women will die this year from cardiovascular disease. Since 1984, more women have died from heart disease than men and the gap continues to widen. Part of the reason is that women tend to under-estimate their risk and more often fail to recognize the symptoms of heart disease. We, at Illinois Heart and Vascular, have joined the Go Red for Women campaign launched by the American Heart Association, the US Department of Health and Human Serivces, and National Institutes of Health in an effort to raise awareness and provide information for women to take charge fo their health.

Did you know that the lifetime risk for developing a stroke for a woman 55 and over is 1 in 5? This is almost identical to the risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease. You can modify your risk for stroke by managing your risk factors and controlling high blood pressure. Women with normal blood pressure can cut their stroke risk in half.

If you have questions about your health risk, please contact us . We'd be happy to help.

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