Heart Disease in Women

ARE YOU AT RISK?

As a woman, you do you your best to put your heart into everything you do. But do you think enough about keeping that heart healthy?

Heart disease, or cardiovascular disease, describes conditions affecting the heart and its blood vessels.  It’s the number one cause of death among women in the United States. In fact, heart disease kills more women every year than cancer, chronic lung disease, accidents and Alzheimer’s disease combined.

There are several risk factors for heart disease.  Some you can’t control (such as conditions inherited from your family) and some you can. 75 to 80 percent of these controllable risk factors are lifestyle choices that you can modify.  Your heart health can be in your hands.

Want to learn your risk?  Take a free online risk assessment.

MODIFIABLE RISK FACTORS INCLUDE:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Being physically inactive
  • Diabetes
  • High/elevated cholesterol

NON-MODIFIABLE RISK FACTORS INCLUDE:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Family history
  • Pregnancy-related cardiovascular issues such as high blood pressure and diabetes
  • History of serious rheumatologic conditions

 Early detection and prevention are crucial in the fight against heart disease. Let’s work together to reduce your risk!

To find out more about how you can take positive steps toward a healthier heart, call the Katz Institute for Women’s Health Resource Center at 1-855-850-KIWH (5494) and ask about the Women’s Heart Health Program.