“…Fewer women than men survive their first heart attack”
– Cardiovascular diseases and stroke cause 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.
– An estimated 44 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases.
– 90% of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke.
– Women have a higher lifetime risk of stroke than men.
– 80% of heart disease and stroke events may be prevented by lifestyle changes and education
– Fewer women than men survive their first heart attack.
– The symptoms of heart attack can be different in women vs. men, and are often misunderstood – even by some physicians.
– Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than Caucasian women.
– Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death for Hispanic women, killing nearly 21,000 annually.
-Only 34% of Hispanic women know that heart disease is their greatest health risk.
– Hispanic women are least likely to have a usual source of health medical care and only 1 in 8 say that their doctor has ever discussed their risk for heart disease.
African American women
– Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death for African-American women, killing over 48,000 annually.
– Only 36% of African American women know that heart disease is their greatest health risk.
– African-American women ages 20 and older, 48.3% have cardiovascular disease. Yet, only 14% believe that cardiovascular disease is their greatest health problem.
– 50% of African-American women are aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.