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Women and Heart Disease

Cardiovascular disease is not just a man's health issue, women can and do get cardiovascular disease too. Research has proven that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. Cardiovascular disease is also the leading cause of disability among women.

Heart Disease is Preventable

Many women can significantly reduce their risk of heart disease if they have the information they need, know the questions to ask their health providers and receive the support to make heart-smart changes in their lives.

An estimated 42 million American women live with cardiovascular disease and are unaware of the risk. The following statistics support this statement and illustrates the necessity for greater awareness of cardiovascular disease in women

More fatal than any other disease

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death of American women, killing more than a third of them.[1]
  • 35.3% of deaths in American women over the age of 20, or more than 432,000, are caused by cardiovascular disease each year.[1]
  • More than 200,000 women die each year from heart attacks- five times as many women as breast cancer.[1]
  • More than 159,000 women die each year of congestive heart failure, accounting for 56.3% of all heart failure deaths.[1]

Who is at-risk?

  • Cigarette smoking results in a 2-3 times increased risk of dying from heart disease.[1]
  • 48% of adult women have a total cholesterol of at least 200mg/dL.[1]
  • 50% of Caucasian women, 64% of African-American women, 60% of Hispanic women, and 53% of Asian/Pacific Islander women are sedentary and get no leisure time physical activity.[1]
  • 58% of Caucasian women, 80% of African-American women, and 74% Hispanic-American women are overweight or obese.[1]
  • Women with diabetes are 2.5 times more likely to have heart attacks.[1]

[1]Lloyd-Jones D, Adams R, Brown T,. et al. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2010 Update: A Report from the American Heart Assocaition Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcommittee. Circulation. 2010; 121:e1-e170.

[2] Johnson SM, Karvonen CA, Phelps CL, Set al. Assessment of Analysis by Gender in the Cochrane Reviews as Related to Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease. J Women’s Health. June 1, 2003, 12(5):449-457.

What is Go Red for Women?

Brandon Regional Hospital is proud to support Go Red for Women - the American Heart Association's nationwide campaign to raise awareness of heart disease as women's number one killer. Heart disease and stroke are largely preventable, so helping women understand these serious health threats can make a lifesaving difference.

Go Red for Women is about YOU! It's about empowering women to take charge of their heart health and live longer, stronger, healthier lives. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, but women can fight back. Knowledge is power - and Go Red for Women gives you vital information you need to lower your risk of heart disease.

Throughout the year the American Heart Association and HCA West Florida will work together to teach women about their risk for heart disease, and empower them to take charge of their heart's health.

How can you Go Red?

Call (888) MY-HEART or check out the Go Red for Women website.

For a physician referral or more information on heart and vascular care at Brandon Regional Hospital, call 1-877-4-HCA-DOCS.

Red Facts

Go Red for Women an AHA program sponsored by Macy's and Merck

Cardiovascular disease, including stroke, claims more women's lives that the next seven causes of death combined - nearly 500,000 a year, twice as many as all forms of cancer. You can do a lot to prevent cardiovascular disease and stroke. It begins by learning all you can about these serious health threats and working to reduce your risks. More research needs to be done on heart disease and stroke in women, but we already can share a lot of life-enhancing information. Education yourself and your family. Then do something about it.