Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. More women die from heart disease than cancer. Yet many women don’t know all the facts about heart disease and their risk factors, including:
- Heart disease is not limited to women over 50. Even young women can develop heart disease. Women with high risk factors such as obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes have a greater risk for developing heart disease.
- Heart disease does not always have symptoms. Two-thirds of women who die suddenly of heart disease had no previous symptoms.
- You do not need to have a family history or genetic risk factors for heart disease to be at risk.
Taking steps to prevent heart disease is the best defense for your heart. Our women and heart disease infographic (PDF, 1.1 MB) below offers some tips on keeping your heart healthy.