Heart Disease in Women

Heart Disease is the #1 Killer of Women

Heart disease is the number one killer of American women. Take charge of your health and lower your risks
Heart disease is the number one killer of American women. Take charge of your health and lower your risks

Heart disease is commonly thought of a man’s disease, but many are surprised to learn that heart disease is the number one killer of American women, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women each year. Nearly twice as many women in the United States die of heart disease and stroke as from all forms of cancer combined, including breast cancer.

Additionally, the early signs of heart attack in women differ from those experienced by men and are often overlooked. Instead of the most common warning sign men experience (chest pain), women are more likely to feel unexplained or unusual fatigue, sleep disturbance, shortness of breath, indigestion or anxiety. Click here to learn more about the signs and symptoms of heart attack in women.

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Meda's Story

Two arteries supplying blood to her heart had major blockages.

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Susan's Story

Indigestion, nausea and fatigue were warning signs of a blocked heart artery.

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Dian's Story

Dian went to a doctor she trusted, a decision that led to a discovery that probably saved her life.

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