In This Chapter
Understanding how risk factors may differ in women
Exploring different manifestations of heart disease
For many years the majority of women and their doctors underestimated the risk of heart disease. Few understood that heart disease was the number one cause of death for women, as it is for men. Thanks to public health campaigns, women are growing more aware. By 2012, 56 percent of women identified heart disease as the leading cause of death for their gender. That’s up from only 36 percent in 1997, only 15 years previously. However, this knowledge is still very low in some groups: only 36 percent of African-American women and 34 percent of Hispanic women identified heart disease as the leading cause of death in women.
The information in this book can help women as well as men learn how to prevent heart disease and reverse risk factors for it. When it comes to heart disease and its risk factors, men and women have much in common. But there are also some important differences. If you are a woman, understanding these differences can help you partner with your doctor to do the best you can to prevent or beat heart disease.
On average, women develop heart disease ...