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Women & Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for owmen over 35 years old.

  • Heart disease kills more women than all types of cancer combined.

  • Heart disease is not just a disease of older women. It is the leading cause of death for women age 35 and older.

  • Women often experience milder symptoms of heart disease. About one third of women who have a heart attack have no chest pain at all.

  • Heart disease kills six times as many women as breast cancer

  • 38 percent of women — compared with 25 percent of men — will die within one year of a heart attack.

  • Heart disease is a particular problem among minority women, with African American and Hispanic women dying at a higher rate than white women.

  • Over 40 percent of all female deaths in the United States occur from heart disease.

  • Low blood levels of "good" cholesterol (high density lipoprotein or HDL) appear to be a stronger predictor of heart disease death in women than in men in the over 65 age group. Triclycerides (another type of fat) may be a particularly important risk factor in women and the elderly.

  • In a survey of 1000 women in 2003, only 13 percent believed that heart disease and stroke were the greatest health threats to women.

  • More women than men die each year of heart disease. Yet women receive only:

    • 33 percent of angioplasties, stents and bypass surgeries
    • 28 percent of implantable defibrillators

  • Women comprise only 25 percent of participants in all heart-related research studies.

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Southcoast Heart Center

Charlton Memorial Hospital
363 Highland Avenue
Fall River, MA 02720

St. Luke's Hospital
101 Page Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

Atrial Fibrillation Wellness Program
Cardiac Catheterization
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Electrophysiology & Heart Rhythm Services
Heart Failure Clinic
Open Heart Surgery
Structural Heart/Valve Clinic
Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Services

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