For many years society has thought of heart disease as a "man's disease" . . . nothing could be farther from the truth. Today, research has proven that heart disease is the number one killer of American women and is also a leading cause of disability among women.
A common cause of heart disease is the narrowing of the arteries and vessels leading to the heart. This narrowing is often caused by a build-up of cholesterol in the blood which inhibits the flow of blood to the heart and the rest of the body.
Risk factors that can increase a woman's chance for being diagnosed with heart disease include family history, obesity, high blood pressure, inactivity, high cholesterol, being post-menopausal, and smoking. Talk to your physician about your risk factors.
To learn about the "Heart Truth for Women," visit the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.