Heart Health Month
Quick Facts about Heart Disease & Stroke
- Only 13 percent of women view heart disease as a health threat, even though it’s women’s No. 1 killer.
- Cardiovascular disease (CVD) kills nearly half a million women a year, about one per minute.
- One in four females and one in four males in the United States suffers from a form of CVD.
- Sixty-four percent of women who died suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms.
- Heart disease rates in post-menopausal women are two to three times higher than in pre-menopausal women.
- Stroke affects more women than men, with females represented nearly 62 percent of stroke deaths.
The American Heart Association encourages everyone to “make it your goal to know your cholesterol and triglyceride numbers as well as you know your 401(K) balance and shoe size, keep an eye on your calorie count - and eat from each of the six food groups as recommended by the USDA.
For more information on heart health contact The American Heart Association at: http://www.goredforwomen.org