is the single biggest health issue facing women today?
- Too many demands on our time?
answer: None of the above.
Most women are. Heart disease is the number one cause of death for
women (men, too).
Each year, about 370,000 women die of heart disease, making it
the Number 1 killer of women. Another 93,000 women die each year
of stroke. Although death rates from heart disease and stroke have
declined in recent years, these conditions still rank first and
third, respectively, as causes of death for women.
Despite these facts, a recent survey of women in Monroe County
found that fewer than one in five local women express concerns about
heart health to their doctors. Fewer than one in three even realize
that heart disease is their greatest health risk. Sixty-seven percent
believe being screened for heart disease is as important as getting
a mammogram, yet only 10% of those surveyed have participated in
a heart screening. Click
here for full research report.
Health System seeks to:
women learn about heart
disease and its symptoms, and their personal
women the information and tools they need to make meaningful and
effective lifestyle changes through better nutrition
and healthy eating, weight
stress reduction, smoking
control, and other medical interventions to improve their
communication between patients, physicians, emergency medical
services personnel, and other providers to enhance prevention,
detection, and treatment of heart disease in women.
lives through the early recognition of warning signs and symptoms
of heart attacks in women.