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Cardiac Risk Assessment for Women

Cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death in American women, exceeding all forms of cancers combined. However:
  • Surveys in all parts of the country indicate that women believe breast cancer to be their primary health risk, even though cardiovascular disease accounts for over 45 percent of all deaths in women.
  • Women’s mortality following a heart attack (myocardial infarction, MI ) is three times that of men.
  • Two-thirds of women who die suddenly from cardiovascular disease (CVD) had no known disease or symptoms, compared to only half of similar deaths in men.
  • Forty six percent of female heart attack survivors will be disabled with heart failure within six years. Such disability significantly impacts career, quality of life, and relationships with family and friends.

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