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Heart Health for Women

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, yet many people still think of it as a men’s disease. That’s why Cape Cod Healthcare encourages women to be aware of their risks for heart disease and to take charge of their heart health.

Taking Good Care of Women’s Hearts

The cardiac team at Cape Cod Healthcare includes cardiologists, heart and vascular surgeons, cardiac nurses and technicians highly skilled in detecting and treating women's heart conditions.

Use the information here to learn more about heart disease and your risk factors. Then contact one of our cardiac professionals to take the next step.

Did You Know. . .

  • A woman dies from heart disease every 34 seconds.
  • One in five females in the United States has some form of heart disease.
  • Over 35% of American women are overweight.
  • Over 25% of American women smoke.
  • Heart disease claims more women’s lives than the next three causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer.
  • Nearly five times as many women (200,000) will die from heart attacks alone this year than will die from breast cancer.
  • Since 1984, more women than men have died of heart disease each year.
  • Most women begin to develop heart disease at a very young age.
  • Women have a 28% increased risk of dying within the first year after a heart attack compared to men.

Cardiovascular Risk Factors for Women

Use our Coronary Heart Disease Risk Assessment tool to determine your risk of developing heart disease within the next ten years. Then make an appointment with a cardiac professional to take charge of your heart health.

Risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight
  • Physical inactivity
  • A family history of early heart disease
  • Age (55 or older for women)

Heart Disease Prevention

To avoid heart disease:

  • Avoid tobacco
  • Be more active
  • Choose good nutrition
  • Know your blood pressure
  • Know your cholesterol
  • Maintain a healthy weight

Heart Attack Symptoms

Health professionals recognize that women’s heart attack symptoms can vary significantly from those experienced by men. Learn the warning signs of heart attack in women and men.

Learn more about the comprehensive cardiac services available at Cape Cod Healthcare.

Next Step

For follow-up heart care or for help finding a physician, call our Access Line at 877-CAPECOD or email us today.

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