“Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing 299,578 women in 2017—or about 1 in every 5 female deaths”.1

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What may the Heart Disease and Women Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Cardiovascular Disease (CVD
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
  • Heart Conditions
  • Heart Disease/s

Heart Disease

What is heart disease?

DotS the definition of heart disease may vary. The (United States) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) definition is:

“The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type of heart disease in the United States is coronary artery disease (CAD), which affects the blood flow to the heart. Decreased blood flow can cause a heart attack”.2

Women

Is heart disease a woman’s problem? Heart Disease and Women

Yes. In Coronary Heart Disease: Women and Heart Disease the (United States) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) note:

“Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death for women. About 80% of women ages 40 to 60 have one or more risk factors for coronary heart disease. Having multiple risk factors significantly increases a woman’s chance of developing coronary heart disease.3

In Women and Heart Disease: How Does Heart Disease Affect Women? the CDC explain:

“Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing 299,578 women in 2017—or about 1 in every 5 female deaths”.4

In About Heart Disease In Women Go Red for Women explain:

“The more a woman knows about heart disease, the better chance she has of beating it. The first facts you need to know are very serious: Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action”.5

In Menopause FAQs: Menopause Symptoms – Q. Do I Have To Start Worrying About Heart Disease? the North American Menopause Society also note:

“A. You do. Although many women think of heart disease as a man’s disease, the number one killer of women in North America is cardiovascular disease, that is, diseases of the heart and circulatory system. After age 55, more than half of all the deaths in women are caused by cardiovascular disease. Risk for this disease increases after menopause. Be sure to talk to your healthcare team about what your risks are and how you can reduce them”.6

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Do more women die of heart disease than breast cancer?

In Australia, according to the (Australian) Heart Foundation in Risk Factors for Women:

“Nearly 3 times as many women die of heart disease than breast cancer”.7

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What if I think I have heart disease or I have a family history of heart disease?

If you think you have heart disease or you have a family history of heart disease, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

In Heart Disease: It’s Not Just for Men – You and Your Doctor: How Do I Find Out if I Am at Risk for Heart Disease? A Heart Healthy Partnership the NHLBI also remind us:

“A crucial step in determining your risk is to see your doctor for a thorough checkup. Your doctor can be an important partner in helping you set and reach goals for heart health. But don’t wait for your doctor to mention heart disease or its risk factors. Many doctors don’t routinely bring up the subject with women patients”.8

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  1. Women and Heart Disease: How Does heart Disease Affect Women? Page Last Reviewed: 31 January 2020. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/women.htm Accessed: 07 June 2021
  2. About Heart Disease: What Is Heart Disease? Page Last Reviewed: 13 January 2021. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/about.htm Accessed: 07 June 2021
  3. Coronary Heart Disease: Women and Heart Disease. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/coronary-heart-disease Accessed: 07 June 2021
  4. Women and Heart Disease: How Does heart Disease Affect Women? Page Last Reviewed: 31 January 2020. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/women.htm Accessed: 07 June 2021
  5. About Heart Disease In Women. Go Red for Women https://www.goredforwomen.org/en/about-heart-disease-in-women Accessed: 07 June 2021
  6. Menopause FAQs: Menopause Symptoms – Q. Do I Have To Start Worrying About Heart Disease? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-your-health-after-menopause Accessed: 07 June 2021
  7. Risk Factors for Women. National Heart Foundation of Australia https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/Heart-health-education/Risk-factors-for-women Accessed: 07 June 2021
  8. Heart Disease: It’s Not Just for Men – How Do I Find Out If I Am At Risk for Heart Disease? You and Your Doctor: A Heart Healthy Partnership. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/education-and-awareness/heart-truth/heart-disease-not-just-men Accessed: 07 June 2021

Topic Last Updated: 07 June 2021 – Topic Last Reviewed: 07 June 2021
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