13 Facts about heart disease every woman needs to know about from New york-Presbyterian hospital.
1.Women are more likely to die from heart disease than men.
2.Despite outreach efforts, 45 percent of women still don't know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States.
3. Women are less inclined to call 911 when they belive they may be experiencing heart atttack symptoms.
4.Cardiovascular disease complicates up to four percent of pregnancies, and that number has been increasing.
5. Women's heart attack sympoms are different from men's. Forty percent of women having heart attacks experience no chest pain. They may experience shortness of breath,nausea,palpitations,jaw discomfort or overwhelming fatigue.
6. 70 percent of women ages 25-60 get an annual physical,but just 40 percent report having their heart health assessed during these visits.
7. During pregnancy, hypertension is the most common acquired medical condition. Congenital heart disease is the most common pre-existing condition.
8. Women experiencing heart attacks are less likely to receive the recommended medications to treat it or they get them much later compared to men. Every second counts during a heart attack- time is muscle.
9. Women are less likely to be referred for cardiac rehab after a heart attack.
10. The incidence of maternal cardiovascular disease appears to be growing,likely due to increasing maternal age, cardiovascular risk factors and life span of patients with congenital heart disease.
11. Women's heart disease is under-researched: only 35 percent of participants in clinical trials of cardiovascular disease are women and just 31 percent of the studies report outcomes by gender.
12. Death rates due to heart disease increased last year for the first time since 1993. Deaths rates have beeen increasing in young women (age29-45)since 2000.
13.Pre-eclampsia is an independent predictor of developing cardiovascular disease women who have had pre-eclampsia should be mindful of having their blood pressure,fasting glucose and cholesteral checked annually.