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

Risk Factors

Physical Inactivity

OF WOMENAGES 45-64 ARE PHYSICALLY INACTIVE

Diabetes

0
MILLION
Americans have diabetes. More than a third have not been diagnosed.

High Blood Pressure

Obesity

Smoking

Cholesterol

Taking Control

Research shows that women can lower their heart disease risk enormously

by as much as 82%

simply by leading a healthy lifestyle