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The #1 Killer Among Women Is Heart Disease- 5 Preventive Steps You Should Take To Heart

Updated on November 16, 2014


Many women are unaware that heart disease can alter your life through stress and other unhealthy habits. This article is about simple ways on how to protect your heart.

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Women Who Could Be On The Verge Of Heart Disease

Women Who Could Be On The Verge Of Heart Disease may face pressures in the home, on the job, spouse, peers, money problems, debt, and the list goes on.

There was a time when men were expected to handle the working aspect of it all, but now that women have fought to gain an independence outside of the shadow of man, extra stress has been added.

Many doctors say that women take on too much. Trying to be superwoman is not a reality and the dangers of trying to maintain such an illusion can lead to heart failure.

Women are emotionally attached to their family members more so than their male counterparts according to research gathered by The Department of Epidemiology & Biostatics, women eagerly take an overwhelming responsibility and hold themselves accountable for every aspect of the task at hand. Employed men and women both show signs of elevated stress during the workday, However men unwind when they arrive home. Women do not relax, as soon as they arrive home they take care of the family unit and focus on work that needs to be done in the days to come.

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Heart Disease

Many women assume that breast cancer is the leading killer among women. This theory could stem from the amount of coverage that breast cancer awareness generates within our society.

Heart disease is often thought of as a problem for men, regardless more women than men die of heart disease each year.

Early reports provided by the American Heart Association, revealed that an estimated 247,000 of the more than 520,000 yearly deaths from heart attack in which 47 percent occur in women. More that 90,000 women die each year of a stroke. Further studies show that one in nine women from ages 45 to 64 has some form of cardiovascular disease, and that the number climbs to one in three at age 65 and beyond.

Research shows that heart disease among women comes about later in life, which is not the case for men who suffer from instant heart attacks due to high level stress issues.

Commercials that show women catering to the health needs of their husband is misleading, in reality many women are asked by their doctors to make adjustments concerning their lifestyle on a daily basis.

Women strive to maintain a balanced life and often ignore the signs of their heart. Dealing with stress is an important part of avoiding heart disease. Taking one day at a time will add years to your life.

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Candle display of hearts.
Candle display of hearts. | Source

Women Rarely Show Symptoms.

According to research, women rarely show symptoms of heart disease before menopause, the symptoms may develop earlier. Research shows that 5,839 people are hospitalized for heart attack, 23 percent of the women died during their stay in the hospital, compared to only 16 percent of men. The American Heart Association reports that women who have heart attacks are twice as likely as men to die within the first few weeks.

Women who undergo coronary artery bypass surgery have a death rate that is at least twice that of men who have the procedure. Doctors say the reason could stem from the fact that women are more complex to operate on due to their smaller coronary arteries.

5 Preventive Steps You Should Take To Heart:

  1. Stop Smoking- Women who smoke have a risk of heart attack that is 2 to 6 times that of those who don't smoke.
  2. Keep your cholesterol level low- Many doctors strongly recommend at 200 or below.
  3. Loose weight- women who are 30 percent or more over the recommended weight are more likely to develop heart disease and stroke.
  4. Keep your blood pressure down- More than half of all women over age 50 have high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association. Try to keep your stress level down.
  5. Keep on the move. Exercise.

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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for your feedback fpherj48! Thanks for the Vote up:) I am glad you found insight in this article.

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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for your stopping by millionaire Tips! And the Vote Up! I

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Thank you for this wonderful & educational hub on women & heart disease.....A very important topic!...UP+++

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      Shasta Matova 3 years ago from USA

      You've shared important messages about an important topic, and in such a clear way too! We all need to take these five steps to avoid heart attacks. Voted up and shared.

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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      Hi Denise! It's so good to hear from you! You are so calm I can't imagine you stressing out. I read your articles all the time and I feel so comforted afterwards. Yes, heart disease among women is running rapid. I too thought heart disease targeted men but when you think about it women try to take care of everything and everyone. Thanks for your feedback!

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I didn't realize that heart disease in women is on the rise. It only stands to reason, in our day and age, so many women work full-time during the day outside of the home, then work full-time again once they arrive home. The information in this hub is very timely!