Heart disease is often considered “a man’s disease” so you may be surprised to learn that over 8.6 million women worldwide die from heart disease each year. This accounts for over 1/3 of all deaths in women. In fact, heart disease kills 6 times more women each year compared to breast cancer.*
Interesting Facts on Heart Disease in Women Vs. Men:
- Women often times wait longer than men to go to an emergency room for treatment while having a heart attack.
- Physicians, not specifically trained in women and heart disease, some times have a harder time diagnosing heart attacks in women because of the differences in presentation of symptoms.
- Women’s hearts respond better than men’s hearts to healthy changes in lifestyle.
- Within a year after a heart attack, 38% of women will die, compared to 25% of men.
- Women are more than 2 times more likely to die after bypass surgery then men.