In the United States, almost one in four women dies from heart disease. Heart disease is the most common cause of death in American women. Some types of heart problems are more common in women.

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Common types of heart problems that affect women include:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Heart failure
  • Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Heart valve disease

Why Are Women More Effected?

  • Women are more likely to have risk factors for heart disease such as   obesity and high blood pressure
  • Women may be less likely to know that they have heart disease
  • Women are too busy taking care of others in their lives, versus their own health
  • Women’s complaints may not be taken seriously