Shocking Heart Facts: Women And Heart Disease

I was just reading a rather frightening article about women, cardiologists and heart disease at the Dayton Daily News.

I was shocked to read a few statistics about the the incredibly large number of women that have cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, the annual mortality rate from heart disease was equally disturbing.

Chart Of Leading Causes Of Death For Women

Here are the statistics that forced me to do a double-take:

  • 42.7 million United States women have cardiovascular disease
  • 459,096 women died of heart disease in 2004

According to the article women with heart disease outnumber men in both measures of the disease which costs $448.5 billion a year — $296.4 billion for medical care and $152.1 billion in lost productivity.

As you can see from the chart above, Associated Content suggests that stroke, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and breast cancer are the other critical medical challenges for women.

Keep on tickin!

Adam Pick
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