… For women. Though women face special risks, men should follow most of this essential advice, too.
Many women don’t know that cardiovascular disease is their No1 killer. In the US, it takes the lives of more than 10 times as many women, as breast cancer. Cardiovascular disease kills one in every three women – more than all cancers, chronic respiratory disease, Alzheimer’s, and accidents combined, according to the (AHA) American Heart Association. Cardiovascular disease is actually many diseases put together, which affects men and women to different extents and in different ways. Among the notable types are coronary artery disease (which includes heart attacks and accounts for about half of all cardiovascular deaths), strokes and heart failure. Far fewer women have heart attacks than men each year, but nearly as many die from them. More women have hypertension after the age of 55 and strokes (especially fatal ones), and many die from heart failure. Despite this, surveys have found that many women still think ‘heart disease’ is a man’s disease and fail to see themselves at risk of it. They may not even know the