Women and Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, killing more than six times more women than breast cancer alone. Statistics also show that women are less likely than men to survive a heart attack.

There have been a number of studies conducted regarding heart disease; however, most studies have concentrated on men. More studies are now being conducted on the effects of heart disease and how it specifically relates to women.

There are several lifestyle modifications that can be made to lower your risk of heart disease, including:

  • Not smoking
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Regular exercise
  • Controlling blood pressure and diabetes
  • Eating a low-fat diet
  • Controlling your cholesterol

There are a wealth of resources related to heart disease available through South Seminole Hospital, your physician, the internet, and the American Heart Association. Please consult your physician if you have any questions regarding your risk of heart disease.