Heart Disease in Women

Symptoms of Heart Disease in Women

Preventing Heart Disease in Women

Heart disease was once considered only a man's problem. But according to the American Medical Association (AMA), cardiovascular disease is also the number one killer of women. (Read about "The Heart & Cardiovascular System")

For a long time it was thought that women were not as susceptible to heart disease as men. But as time progressed, it was discovered that women were also at risk; they just developed diseases of the heart 10 to 15 years later than men. Women also seem to develop, more often than men, a condition called coronary microvascular disease (CMD). CMD is the result of narrowing of the tiny arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the heart muscle. (Read about "Coronary Microvascular Disease")

Risk factors

It's essential for everyone to be aware of the factors that indicate a higher risk of heart disease in women. (Read about "Heart Risks") According to AHA, some of the main risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Family history
  • Age

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