Statistics from the American Heart Association show that:
• More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined;
women die from cardiovascular disease — one in three women — than
breast cancer, which kills one in 31 women in the United States;
• Some eight million women in the United States live with heart disease;
• But only one in six women in the country consider the disease her greatest health risk, and;
• Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
-from today's Miami Herald.
Main risk factors for heart disease in women, according to the article:
• Over the age of 55
• High cholesterol levels
• Family history