Wednesday, March 14, 2007

A Few Stats on Heart Disease

My “Healthy Emma” weekend went great!!! I spent a lot of time alone, which really seemed to clear my head. There’s nothing more calming than sitting in the park in 70-degree weather and reading a good book. I just re-read The Alchemist, which if you have not read I highly recommend.

Anyways, I found a few statistics on heart disease this morning and just though I’d post them. I know it really seems like I’m obsessed with heart disease but after seeing someone in your family have it, I’m sure you would be too. Especially when there are so many things you can do to reduce your risk for heart disease, such as choosing margarine over butter.

Did you know

80 percent do not know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for females

70 percent believe heart attack warning signs are the same for women as they are for men (when in actuality, they can be significantly different)

Only 50 percent know that menopause increases a woman's risk for heart disease

Other information on women and heart disease revealed that:

A woman who has a heart attack is one-and-a-half times as likely as a man to die from it, and, if she survives, more likely to have a second one. Framingham Heart Study

In women, the rate of death from heart disease far exceeds that of breast cancer. One woman in 25 dies of breast cancer. One in two dies of cardiovascular disease, including a heart attack or stroke. Heart disease is the number-one killer of women.

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