Millions of women in the United States experience some sort of cardiovascular disease in their lifetime.
Did you know that an estimated 44 million women in the United States are affected by some form of cardiovascular disease? And that cardiovascular disease, sometimes referred to as heart disease for short, is the No. 1 leading cause of death among women? In fact, cardiovascular disease claims the life of a women roughly every 80 seconds.
But there’s good news: Women can reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular disease by 80 percent with lifestyle changes and medication when appropriate.
“A common misconception among women is that they think they’re not vulnerable or at personal risk,” says Jennifer Mieres, MD, professor of cardiology and population health at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine in Lake Success, New York, and spokesperson for AHA Go Red for Women. “Many women don’t recognize the spectrum of symptoms associated with heart disease or understand what they need to do to reduce their risk.”
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