Eighty percent of heart disease
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 may be more concerned with health problems such as cancer, arthritis or osteoporosis. These diseases tend to draw attention away from heart disease.
The fact is, one in two women will eventually die of heart disease or stroke, compared to one in 25 who 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 45 is cigarette smoking.
- The absolute number of deaths due to heart disease in women is increasing.
- The death rate due to heart disease is 34 percent higher in African-American women than Caucasian women.
Though heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, 80 percent of heart disease is preventable. By making these lifestyle changes, you can reduce your of heart disease:
- Exercising 30 to 60 minutes a day on most days is healthy for most people; your doctor can help you develop an exercise plan that works for you.
- Maintain a healthy weight–calculate your healthy body weight or check your BMI.
- Quit smoking.
- Eat foods that are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and salt–take a cholesterol quiz.
- Take prescription medications appropriately.
- Manage your risk factors (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes).
Novant Health offers classes that teach you how to make these lifestyle changes. We also provide personalized risk assessments designed to help you identify and understand your risk factors. Following your risk assessment, we will work closely with you and your physician to develop an individualized wellness plan designed specifically around you and your personal needs.
Our team is committed to not just caring for you when you’re sick but supporting you throughout your journey toward heart health.