According to www.goredforwomen.org, there’s a lot of talk about inequality between men and women, but one area in particular where women are leading in record numbers: heart disease. It’s the No. 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer, yet only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat.
The fact is: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute!
Here are more unsettling facts:
- Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
- 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
- Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen.
- The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women vs. men, and are often misunderstood.
- While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease.
A HEART HEALTHY DIET
An unhealthy diet is a significant risk factor for Cardio Vascular Disease. A diet high in fat, sugar and salt can lead to high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity - all of which can cause heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
Dr. Patrice Desvigne-Nickens, program director of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the NHLBI, told Medical News Today that a healthy diet is "an important cornerstone" to a heart-healthy lifestyle.
American Heart Association, www.goredforwomen.org, Medical News Today