Women and heart disease


Protect yourself

Heart disease isn't a "man's disease." It's a woman's disease, too.

Because heart attacks don't discriminate, don't convince yourself that your symptoms aren't seriousKaiser Permanente is not responsible for the content or policies of external Internet sites.. Here are the facts:

  • 1 in 5 women has some form of heart disease.
  • Heart disease kills more women than men.
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women.
  • 4 out of 5 women don't know that heart disease is the leading cause of death.
  • Heart disease kills more women than breast cancer and the next 7 causes of death combined.

Being a woman doesn't protect you from the risks of heart disease, so it's important to live a heart-healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, and know your risks. Here are a few of the risk factors for women:

woman swimmingAfrican-American women face a greater threat from heart disease than women from other racial groups.

Are you a caregiver? Do you provide care for a family member? Make sure to care for yourself, too. Your risk increases if you don't see your doctor regularly and don't care for your own medical needs with the same attention you give to others.

Are you concerned about your risk?

Email your doctor or make an appointment.

Reviewed by Eleanor Levin, MD, FACC, and Anthony Steimle, MD, FACC, November 2015
Additional Kaiser Permanente reviewers

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