This disease disproportionately targets African American women, and those pregnant and over 40.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for women living in the United States. A total of 1 in 5 female deaths are linked to the disease.
While the deadly illness can target anyone, here are some staggering facts.
The CDC says that black women in America are about 60% (!) more likely than their white counterparts to have a heart attack. In addition, pregnant women over the age of 40 have a ten-fold increase of suffering from one.
Why are these populations so susceptible? Experts say the increase for African American women is primarily caused by changeable factors. These include socioeconomic considerations like poor insurance coverage, lack of quality care and insufficient prenatal counseling.
When it comes to pregnancy over 40 well, we women are just old. And our bodies likely tell the tale.
The tips are the usual. Be smoke-free, limit your alcohol intake, get active, know your family history, eat healthy and manage any medical condition you may have, such as high blood pressure or cholesterol.
For the signs and symptoms of a heart attack in women, click here.
Almost two-thirds (64%) of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have shown no previous symptoms. Get checked by your doctor.