Women in Heart Disease Statistics

Women in Heart Disease Statistics

  • Heart disease is the # 1 killer of American women.
  • 1 in every 3 women dies of heart disease, 1 in 30 dies from breast cancer.
  • Nearly two-thirds of American women who die suddenly of a heart attack had no prior symptoms.
  • Americans can lower their risk of heart disease by as much as 82% just by leading a healthy lifestyle.
  • 1 in 5 females in the U.S. have some form of heart disease.
  • A woman dies from heart disease every 34 seconds.
  • African-American and Mexican-American women have higher heart disease and stroke risk factors than white women of comparable socioeconomic status.
  • The prevalence of high blood pressure in minority women in the U.S. is among the highest in the world.
  • Coronary heart disease rates in women after menopause are 2-3 times those of women the same age before menopause.
  • Heart disease claims more women's lives than the next 8 causes of deaths combined . . . including breast cancer.
  • Most women begin to develop heart disease at a very young age.
  • Over 35% of American women are overweight.
  • Over 25% of American women smoke.