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Setting the Record Straight

We often take our heart health for granted. When we're young, it's easy to pass heart disease off as something that afflicts only older generations. But it's not always so.

In fact, heart disease is becoming more common at younger ages due, in part, to climbing rates of diabetes and obesity. We know women with diabetes develop heart disease at younger ages. And all women have a higher chance of heart problems after menopause.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women. Yet, many misunderstandings remain about how heart disease affects women. Learning about heart disease is one of the best ways women can protect their hearts.

All told, 80% of heart disease and stroke events could be prevented through healthy lifestyle changes. But women, in particular young women, are largely unaware of their personal risk or chance of getting heart disease.

If you are a woman or care for one, keep these points in mind:

  • Last Edited 03/11/2021