In the U.S., Heart Disease Kills One Woman Almost Every Minute
Roughly 430,000 women lose their lives to heart disease each year, a number that’s higher than the annual deaths among women from all cancers combined, according to the American Heart Association. Just as disheartening, a total of 42 million women in the U.S. currently have some form of cardiovascular disease. Of these, 7.5 million women have coronary artery disease (CAD), a narrowing of the blood vessels that provide oxygen and blood to the heart, thanks to fatty deposits known as plaque. And this year alone, roughly half a million more women will be diagnosed with CAD. Rather than sit around pretending that you don’t need to pay attention to these statistics, make this the year that you commit to doing everything you can to promote your heart health. “The reality is that when you ignore things like keeping tabs on your blood pressure or testing your cholesterol, you miss out on valuable knowledge that could help you to spot the beginnings of heart disease, says Leslie Cho, MD, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Women’s Cardiovascular Center. “You also lose a valuable window for making lifestyle and dietary changes — many of them easier than you might think — that can stop the progression of or reverse heart disease altogether,” she says.