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Women and heart disease


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Women and heart disease
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It’s estimated that almost half of women don’t realize that heart disease is the top cause of death in women — just as it is for men. Among women 65 and older, heart disease accounts for about a quarter of all deaths. If deaths due to stroke are added, the amount climbs to nearly a third.

In contrast, all types of cancer combined account for about 19 percent of deaths in women older than 65.

Awareness of heart disease risk in women has increased in recent years — and actions taken to reduce the risk have made a difference. In the past 15 years, the number of American women dying of heart disease has declined significantly.



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