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Coronary heart disease takes years to develop and, in the case of women, it takes almost a decade longer to show up than it does in men. By then, you’re often concerned with health problems such as cancer, arthritis or osteoporosis. These diseases tend to draw attention away from thinking about heart disease. The fact is, one in two women will eventually die of heart disease or stroke compared to one in 25 who will die from breast cancer.
Here are some other facts about women and heart disease:
- In 63 percent of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease, there were no previous symptoms.
- The most prevalent and preventable risk factor for sudden cardiac death in women younger than age 45 is cigarette smoking.
- The number of deaths due to heart disease in women is increasing.
- The death rate due to heart disease is 34 percent higher in black women than white women.