Watch Over Your Heart


Did you know that Heart disease is the # 1 killer of all U.S. residents, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined?  Yet, it is not uncommon for many of us to be more afraid of cancer than what might be troubling our hearts. It’s also important to know that symptoms of heart disease can be different in women and men, and are often misunderstood.

 The American Heart Association and their Go Red for Women have compiled the following statistics and resources for women at all stages of life.

– – Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute

– – Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

About African American Women:
  • Heart Disease (Cardiovascular disease) is the leading cause of death for African American women.
  • Only 1 in 5 African American women thinks she is personally at risk.
  • Nearly 50 percent of African American women are aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
  • Of African American women ages 20 and older, 47 percent have cardiovascular disease
  • Only 43 percent of African American know that heart disease is their greatest health risk.

About Hispanic Women:

  • Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than Caucasian women.
  • Only 1 in 3 Hispanic women are aware that heart disease is their No. 1 killer.
  • Only 3 in 10 Hispanic women say they have been informed that they are at a higher risk.
  • Only 1 in 4 Hispanic women is aware of treatment options.
  • Hispanic women are more likely to take preventive actions for their family when it comes to heart health.

 American Heart Association resources to help PREVENT Heart Disease include:

 How to Prevent Heart Disease

  • Women’s Heart Disease Prevention Checklist
  • Heart Doctor Explains Cholesterol Levels
  • Healthy Habits to Prevent Heart Disease
  • Is My Fad Diet Good For My Heart?
  • Eat This, Not That: Healthy Food Options
  • Why You Should Get Routine Checkups
  • Eat Well to Prevent Heart Disease
  • Exercise to Prevent Heart Disease
  • Get Your Heart Score

Be Heart-Healthy at Any Age!

  • Heart-Healthy at Any Age: 60s & Beyond
  • Heart-Healthy at Any Age: 50s
  • Heart-Healthy at Any Age: 40s
  • Heart-Healthy at Any Age: 30s
  • Heart-Healthy at Any Age: 20s

As with any disease, it is critical that you know your risk factors – that you remember that preventing is always easier than curing – and that nothing is unavoidable.

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