Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease,” it is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States, and women account for nearly 50 percent of heart disease deaths. Read these quick facts on women and heart disease:
- In 2007, heart disease was the cause of death in 306,246 females.
- Heart disease is often perceived as an “older woman’s disease,” and it is the leading cause of death among women aged 65 years and older. However, heart disease is the third leading cause of death among women aged 25–44 years and the second leading cause of death among women aged 45–64 years. Remember that many cases of heart disease can be prevented.
- Most importantly, almost two-thirds of the women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms. Even if you have no symptoms, consider periodic cholesterol and heart health checks.