June 05, 2008

Heart Disease in Women: A Huge Killer

by Saul Peterson

Heart Disease in women seems to be a largely ignored problem. A lot of studies correctly say that this or that type of heart disease is more prevalent in men, but do not mention, or promote the fact that Heart Disease affects women too. We need to look at the facts. Recent studies showthat more than 8 million American women are currently living with some form of heart disease. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death of American women and more women than men die of heart disease each year.

Heart disease in women, as in men too, can be diagnosed and treated but the key to staying healthy is prevention. Once a woman finds out that she has heart disease, it may already be too late. Chances are, that woman has engaged in several risk factors throughout her lifetime that contributed to her contracting the disease. The factors that increase the risk of heart disease in women include cigarette smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, not exercising sufficiently and obesity.

Women need to understand that these risk factors need to be avoided as much as possible because they are so susceptible to the disease. Heart disease in women doesn't need to be as much of an epidemic it has become. With just a few lifestyle changes, all women can once more live long and healthy lives without the risk for heart disease.

Of course, there are other risk factors that increase the risk for heart disease in women that can't be helped. These risk factors include age, heredity, the effects of menopause, etc. By knowing this, women should arm themselves with as much information as they can so that they can know just what they are dealing with.

Heart disease in women doesn't need to have such a high morality rate. If women who fall into the high risk category adopted a few lifestyle changes such as getting more exercise, eating right, quitting smoking and reducing stress levels, they ccould drastically reduce the propensity for heart disease. This is important not only for heart disease but for other diseases as well.

Better publicity pointing out the risk factors for women could go a long way to raising public awareness of the risk of heart disease in women. Heart disease does claim many women's lives each and every year but it can be manageable and preventable. Women need to study and learn as much as they can. They need to be educated. Not many women know that they have such a high probability of getting the disease. All women need to know that they have a great risk of getting the disease just like men. By understanding and knowing the risk factors, women will have a step up on this awful disease and, hopefully one day, heart disease in women will be a greatly reduced problem.

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