Care and Prevention of Heart Disease

Heart disease is just as serious a health threat to women as it is to men. In the United States, more than 28 million women have some form of cardiovascular disease.

Whether you are living with heart disease or just want to protect your cardiac health, the Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute has the expertise and resources to care for you.

It's important to recognize that, in many ways, heart disease is different for women than it is for men. The more you know about how it affects women, the better prepared you'll be to safeguard your own heart health.

Did you know?

  • A woman's heart beats faster than a man's
  • The average age for the onset of heart disease in women is 70; 60 for men.  
  • Two-thirds of women who die of a heart attack experience no prior symptoms; half of men have prior warning signs. 38 percent of women die within one year after a heart attack compared to 25 percent of men.
  • Women are less likely than men to believe they're having a heart attack and more likely to delay in seeking emergency treatment.  

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