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Women & Heart Disease

Many women may not be aware that heart disease and stroke are major threats to their health. Women's heart health is a major health issue and it's critical to be proactive in preventing heart disease. Heart disease is the number one cause of death among women in the United States, and stroke is number three.

The Facts

  • Cardiovascular disease kills nearly twice as many women as all forms of cancer.
  • 1 in 2.6 women will die of cardiovascular disease compared with 1 in 30 from breast cancer.
  • 49% of African American women have some form of cardiovascular disease.
  • 31% of Hispanic women die of heart disease or stroke.
  • More women than men die from a stroke each year.
  • 64% of women who died suddenly of a heart attack had no previous symptoms. 

Source: American Heart Association

Almost one in every two women will die of heart disease or stroke. That’s why it is vital for women to know if they are at risk for heart disease and what to do if they think they are having a heart attack. Find out if you are at risk.

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With advanced technology, diagnostic and interventional capabilities, comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation programs and on-going educational opportunities, Roper St. Francis's experts deliver the highest level of care to meet the needs of those at risk for heart disease. Learn more about our Heart & Vascular Center.


Know Your Numbers

Your numbers are a good indicator of your overall heart health. Discuss your numbers with your doctor at your annual physical. 

Total Cholesterol: <200 mg/dL

LDL "Bad" Cholesterol: <100 mg/dL

HDL "Good" Cholesterol: 50 mg/dL or Higher

Triglycerides: <150 mg/dL

Blood pressure: <120/80 mmHg

Fasting Glucose: <100 mg/dL

Body Mass Index (BMI): <25

Waist Circumference: <35 inches

If you think you are at risk for heart disease, call (843) 402-CARE for a doctor's referral. 
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