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Women's Heart Health

Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death for women in the United States. It is known as a silent killer, as the symptoms of heart disease or heart attacks in women can be very different from men and not always recognized as heart-related.

Cape Cod Healthcare encourages women to be aware of their risks for heart disease and to take charge of their heart health. 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

  • 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 a heart attack in women and men.

World class cardiovascular care, close to home

The specialists at Cape Cod Healthcare’s nationally recognized Heart and Vascular Institute, including cardiologists, heart and vascular surgeons, cardiac nurses and technicians, are highly skilled in detecting and treating women’s heart conditions. We offer a comprehensive range of cardiac services using the latest in technology, including minimally invasive procedures, to achieve excellent outcomes.