Women and Heart Disease
- Posted on: Jun 17 2013
Cardiovascular disease, known colloquially as heart disease, has long been known as one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Coronary artery disease, heart attacks, heart failure, and more all fall under the umbrella of heart disease, affecting both men and women alike. In the past, however, the risk for cardiovascular disease has been typically associated with men – leaving many women unaware of the massive risks it poses for them.
In a recent video created by Go Red For Women, an initiative created by the American Heart Association, it is revealed that heart disease is the number one killer of women – more deadly than any form of cancer. Each year, 1 in 3 women succumb to heart disease, and it’s estimated that 43 million women in the United States are affected by this condition. Despite these staggering statistics, only 55% of women are aware that heart disease is their most prominent killer. So how can women reduce their risk for this deadly condition?
Top Ways Women Can Reduce Their Heart Disease Risk
- Maintain a healthy diet. Eating well is one of the key ways women can lower their risk for developing heart disease. A diet rich in healthy fats like nuts and fish oils, nutrients from fruits and vegetables, fiber, calcium, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and more can help keep your heart healthy for years to come.
- Avoid smoking. Smoking can damage the heart in a number of different ways, leaving smokers with a greatly increased risk for heart disease. It’s even estimated that women who smoke are at a 25% greater risk of developing heart disease than men who smoke – so saying no to cigarettes is best decisions you can make for your heart.
- Be aware of your family history. While there are a number of controllable factors in the development of heart disease, there are some uncontrollable ones as well. There is a strong link between heart disease and genetics, so it’s important to be aware of any cases of heart disease in your family. If a history of heart disease is present, eliminating unhealthy habits and adopting a healthier lifestyle can help you lower your risk.
While these are some ways women can reduce their risk for heart disease, there are always more steps that can be taken. Speaking to a doctor is the best way to learn more about the risk factors for heart disease, and how you can keep your heart healthy. For more on Go Red For Women, you can watch their video about women and heart disease below.
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Written by and/or reviewed by Mark K. Urman, MD and Jeffrey F. Caren, MD
Last updated: 06/17/2013
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