The Heart Truth® : Heart Disease is the #1 Killer of Women
What is heart disease?
Coronary heart disease – often simply called heart disease – occurs when when the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle become hardened and narrowed due to a buildup of plaque on the arteries’ inner walls. Plaque is the accumulation of fat, cholesterol, and other substances. As plaque continues to build up in arteries, blood flow to the heart is reduced.
Heart disease can lead to a heart attack. A heart attack happens when an artery becomes totally blocked with plaque, preventing vital oxygen and nutrients from getting to the heart. A heart attack can cause permanent damage to the heart muscle.
Risk Factor: Over-Weight
Risk Factor: Heart Attack
Risk Factor: Diabetes
Risk Factor: Familial History of Heart Attacks
Risk Factor: Over the Age of 55
Risk Factor: Smoking
Risk Factor: Lack of Exercise
Risk Factor: High Blood Pressure
Risk Factor: High Cholesterol
OF WOMENAGES 45-64 ARE PHYSICALLY INACTIVE
High Blood Pressure
Research shows that women can lower their heart disease risk enormously
by as much as 82%
simply by leading a healthy lifestyle