Debunking Myths: Women and Heart Health

Myth: Heart disease is a man’s disease

Fact: Heart disease is kills more women than men.  Heart disease is the cause of one out of every three deaths and is the leading cause of death for women.

Myth: Heart disease only happens to older women

Fact: Heart disease affects women of all ages. For younger women, the combination of birth control pills and smoking increases heart disease risks by 20 percent.

Did you know heart disease kills more women than men?

Myth: If women are fit they are not at risk

Fact: The risk for heart disease is not eliminated if you exercise regularly. Factors like cholesterol, eating habits, high blood pressure, diabetes, and smoking directly affect risk.

Myth: Heart disease always has symptoms

Fact: The majority of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. Symptoms vary greatly between men and women. Women are often underdiagnosed or undertreated which can lead to higher mortality rates.

Myth: If heart disease runs in my family, I can’t do anything about it

Fact: Women with a family history of heart disease are at higher risk, but there’s tons that can be done to dramatically reduce risk. Women should discuss their personal risk factors with their healthcare provider and undergo regular screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, and other heart disease risk factors.

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