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3 Things That Make Women’s Heart Health Unique

Heart disease is the leading killer of women in the United States, claiming more lives each year than all types of cancer combined. Statistics show:

  • About 90 percent of women have at least one risk factor for heart disease.
  • About 43 million women have heart disease.
  • The risk of dying from heart disease is about 10 times that of dying from breast cancer (1 in 3 compared to 1 in 31).
  • Perhaps most alarmingly, each year since 1984, heart disease-related deaths have claimed more women's lives than men's.

Yet for years, heart disease and heart attacks were thought to be primarily a men's health issue; little time was dedicated toward better clinical understanding of the disease's implications for women.

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