More women than men die of heart disease every year: one death every minute.
Heart disease and stroke account for 33% of all female deaths in Mississippi.
Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the No. 1 cause of death in American women, claiming over 400,000 lives each year, or nearly one death each minute. CVD kills more women than the next three causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer.
Only 43% of black women and 44% of Hispanic women know that heart disease is their greatest health risk, compared to 60% of white women.
Most women do not realize that their symptoms for angina and myocardial infarction (heart attack) are different than in men.
Most women would call 911 for a man with heart attack symptoms, but would put off calling for themselves.
Women may be less likely to report chest pain during a myocardial infarction (heart attack) and more likely to report other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, abdominal or mid-back pain, indigestion, or “drawing feeling” in their necks.Â
35% of women who have had a myocardial infarction (heart attack) will die within 1 year, compared with 25% of men.
Women have MI’s at older ages than men and are more likely to die from them within a few weeks.
Women suffer more from atypical symptoms of unstable angina than men, including shortness of breath, nausea, difficulty breathing, and loss of appetite, back pain and weakness.
Women experience delays in both arriving at the hospital after having heart attack symptoms and receiving timely treatment for those symptoms.
Women tend to develop CVD later in life than men, and their outcomes are often worse.
Women smokers die of a heart attack caused by smoking earlier than men.
Women who smoke are nearly twice as likely to die of sudden cardiac death, compared to women who have never smoked.
Women with congestive heart failure are more likely to also have diabetes and hypertension than men
Women have worse in-hospital and long-term outcomes than men after myocardial infarction (heart attack).
Death rates after coronary artery bypass grafts are higher for women.
Women's Health Research Center faculty research: Dr. Merry Lindsey, PhD, studies heart disease in men and women.
Women's Health Research Center faculty research: Dr. Sean Didion, PhD, studies why more women die from cardiovascular disease than men. Michael Ryan, PhD, studies why more women develop lupus than do men. Dr. Jane Reckelhoff, PhD, and Marion Wofford, PhD, PM, study hypertension in women.
Women's Health Research Center faculty research: Dr. Christine Maric, PhD, studies why diabetic women are more susceptible to cardiovascular and kidney disease than diabetic men.
Women's Health Research Center faculty research: Dr. Babbette LaMarca, PhD, Dr. James Martin, PhD, and Dr. Joey Granger, PhD, conduct research to find out what causes hypertension in women with preeclampsia. Dr. Barbara Alexander, PhD, studies how high-risk pregnancy, including hypertension during pregnancy, predisposes children to cardiovascular disease later in life.
Women's Health Research Center faculty research: Dr. Lucio Miele, PhD, studies new treatments for breast cancer. Dr. Sharla Gayle Patterson is studying how exercise can protect against the spread of breast cancer.
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