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HEALTH BY THE NUMBERS BY STEPHANIE THURROTT

WOMEN AND HEART DISEASE
4 in 5

90%

of women have at least one
risk factor for heart disease.

72

is the average age when
women have a first heart
attack. That's more
than six years later
than men.

women don't recognize that
heart disease is the greatest
threat to their health.

<30%

of patients in clinical trials for heart failure
and coronary disease are women; that means
heart disease in women is less understood.

ALMOST 2/3

of women who die suddenly of
coronary heart disease did not
have previous symptoms.

44 million

women in the U.S. are affected
by cardiovascular disease.

Sources: American Heart Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NYU Langone Health

3 Things Women Can Do
About Heart Disease

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prioritize the well-being of their spouse and
children, putting themselves last on the list,"
explains Dr. Delaney. "Instead, you should
be scheduling appointments and talking with
your doctor, just like you would encourage
your spouse and children to do."
Don't minimize your symptoms.
"When you're experiencing irregular
symptoms, it's natural to want to attribute
them to something common, like anxiety,
stress or lack of sleep," notes Dr. Delaney.
"However, your doctor only knows what
you tell him or her, so if you avoid bringing
up heart health or downplay symptoms, this
may prolong diagnosis and treatment."

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It's not uncommon for women to overlook or
downplay symptoms that may be stemming
from a heart problem. Here are three tips
Sean Delaney, MD, a cardiologist with GMG's
Gwinnett Consultants in Cardiology, urges
women to remember:
Pay attention to how you're feeling.
Notice changes in your typical fitness level?
Talk to your doctor. "Activity can be a great
barometer," says Dr. Delaney. "If you can't
seem to complete daily activities, like going
up stairs, let alone exercising, you have to
think about your heart."
If you're worried, seek help. "As the
health leader of the family, women often

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