The Facts About Women and Heart Disease

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women—and it affects women differently than it affects men.

  • Traditionally, heart disease was thought of as a “man’s disease,” even though it is responsible for more deaths in women than in men
  • Women’s cardiovascular systems are physically different than those of men
  • Women are more likely to see specialists (such as an OB/GYN) than men, and less likely to have regularly scheduled physical examinations
  • Women typically have heart attacks later in life than men
  • Women suffering from a heart attack often wait longer than men to go to the emergency room
  • Most women who died of sudden cardiac death (SCD) had only one risk factor and no recognizable symptoms

Source: Women and Heart Disease Facts, Women’s Heart Foundation