Ask any American woman what the number one disease killer among women today, more then likely their response would be “breast cancer”. After all it’s what we’ve heard over and over for at least a couple of decades. Most women go as far as giving you statistics as it been said that 2 out of 8 women today will develop breast cancer at some point of their lives. Facts are that breast cancer takes 40,000 women to their death yearly. We fear this disease the most mainly because of the publicity campaigns as millions of dollars have been spent to focus our attention on this deadly disease.
However, the harsh facts are heart disease is taken over striking 1 out of 3 women in American yearly. That’s more then 500,000 women dying of cardiovascular disease not breast cancer, which takes (40,000 deaths annually), making that number 2 on the list. Breaking it down even more this means that a woman dies every minute from this silent killer between the ages of 40 to 60.
Regrettably, heart disease in women is often miss-diagnosed because people still think of heart disease as man’s problem. Women’s symptoms are sadly easily underestimated. Our warning signs are quite different. A woman can have shoulder aches and pains, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting and jaw pain. It should be emphasize that with women a heart attack can have symptoms other than chest pain. These symptoms should be checked immediately by your doctor.
A recent study showed that 1/3 of women are not taking this risk factor seriously as The Heart Truth and something we must become more aware of as unlike men it only takes one risk factor to take us down.
Only one risk factor—like high blood pressure, smoking, or being overweight—can double our risk for heart disease.
Too many women are dying!
Please help spread the word among your Mothers, sisters, aunties, and girlfriends and pay attention to the warning signs and your body.
Bring down your risk by:
- Never smoking
- Eat a healthy diet
- Manage chronic conditions.
- Include physical activity in your daily routine.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Limit alcohol
- Manage stress.
Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them -- every day begin the task anew." ~Saint Francis de Sales