Women’s Heart Health
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HEART DISEASE IS THE #1 CAUSE OF DEATH FOR AMERICAN WOMEN — AND NEARLY HALF OF WOMEN DON'T KNOW THIS.¹

 

Coronary artery disease kills 1 American woman nearly every minute. That's more than any form of cancer.1

A partner in women's wellness, Abbott never stops caring about women's cardiovascular health.

BE HEART SMART

THE DIFFERENCES FOR WOMEN: BE HEART SMART.

Heart attack symptoms are often different for men and women with women noticing symptoms such as:

  Shortness of breath, often without any chest pain

  Pain in the chest, upper back, shoulders, neck or jaw

  Feelings of anxiety

  Unexplained fatigue, weakness or dizziness

  Flu-like symptoms such as nausea, clamminess or a cold sweat1

It's critical that both women and their physicians recognize women's distinctive warning signs of coronary artery disease. Women should ask more questions or consult another physician, if necessary—in fact their heart's health may depend on it. 

Women's Heart Health

64% OF WOMEN
WHO DIED
SUDDENLY OF CHD
HAD NO PREVIOUS
SYMPTOMS²



Some risk factors—high blood pressure and diabetes—lead to higher risk of heart attack in women compared to men. 

And for some women, the risks are especially high. Both Hispanic and African-American women are more likely than white women to develop coronary artery disease. 

Among African-American women aged 20 and older, 49% have heart disease. 

Moreover, women with peripheral artery disease—blocked arteries in the leg—have four times the risk of a heart attack compared to other women.3


BE INFORMED

TAKE HEART, AND BE INFORMED!

We all should know the basics about Women's Heart Health, and here's where to start:

www.heart.org

www.GoRedForWomen.org

www.WomenHeart.org

www.HeartTruth.gov

www.WomensHealthResearch.org

Help spread the news among the women in your life.   

WOMEN'S HEART HEALTH

:: ABBOTT'S COMMITTMENT

Abbott is committed to strengthening the PULSE of women's cardiovascular health.
• Partnership  • Understanding  • Leadership  • Support  • Education

:: ABBOTT PROVIDES TOOLS THAT FOCUS ON:

Educational programming and awareness in the treatment of coronary artery disease and peripheral artery disease.

References:
1. www.heart.org - Heart Attack Symptoms in Women, July 2015
2. www.cdc.gov - Women's Heart Disease Fact Sheet, 2013
3. www.heart.org - Women & CVD - 2013 Statistical Fact Sheet
4. JACC Vol. 14, No. 6
    November 15, 1989; 1448-9 - Exercise Testing in Women*
    James A. Heinsimer, MD, FACC
    Christopher M. Dewitt, MS

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