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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

Cardiac Catheterization
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Electrophysiology & Heart Rhythm Services
Heart Failure Clinic
Open Heart Surgery
Structural Heart/Valve Clinic

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