Why Care? Care because heart disease can be prevented.

Women's Heart Disease Statistics

Please don't think Heart Disease can't happen to you.  It's women's # 1 killer.         In fact, six times more women die from heart disease than breast cancer.  Approximately 144 million women live in the United States. More than 8 million of those 144 million women are living with heart disease.Of that group of 8 million women,  500,000 women will die from heart disease this year.


One woman every minute. Take a minute to think about that. These are harsh facts. Worldwide, 8.6 million women die from heart disease each year, accounting for a third of all deaths in women. Three million women die from stroke each year. 


Stroke accounts for more deaths among women than men (11% vs 8.4%) with additional risk for CHD unique to women related to oral contraceptive use in combination with smoking.


8 million women in the US are currently living with heart disease; 35,000 are under age of 65. Four million suffer from angina.


435,000 American women have heart attacks annually; 83,000 are under age 65; 35,000 are under 55. The average: 70.4.


42% of women who have heart attacks die within 1 year, compared to 24% of men.


Under age 50, women’s heart attacks are twice as likely as men’s to be fatal.
267,000 women die each year from heart attacks, which kill six times as many women as breast cancer. 


Another 31,837 women die each year of congestive heart failure, representing 62.6% of all heart failure deaths. 

Heart Disease is a NOW Problem

Stress is bad for your heart.

 I have learned—the hard way, of course—how depression and stress play a part in cardiovascular ills. In one article I read, “Taking Stress to Heart,” Dr. Wei Jiang, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavior at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, said that psychological factors can create “invisible damage,” and that emotional distress appears to have a negative effect on the cardiovascular system. The lack of blood flow to the heart, a condition known as ischemia, can contribute to heart disease and other cardiac problems, she points out. In a worst-case scenario, the stress can lead to a heart attack.  Dr. David Sheps, associate chair of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Florida and editor-in-chief of the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, has studied the topic for more than 15 years. Although the mind-body link is complex, his research has consistently supported the notion that mental stress-induced ischemia can prove deadly—particularly among those already suffering from heart problems. While physical stress often produces symptoms, including chest pain, psychological factors can silently create damage.    


One in three women get heart disease; one in two get heart disease or stroke, and one in eight get breast cancer," Dr. Gulati tells Newsmax Health. "One in four women die from heart disease and one in 30 women die from breast cancer. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. Lack of awareness is a [factor]."

According to the study, cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death for men and women worldwide, killing 8.6 million women alone each year. That's one-third of all deaths in women.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease — including heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke — kills nearly a half-million women in the U.S. each year. That figure exceeds the next seven causes of death combined. More women die from CAD than of all cancers (including breast cancer, which kills about 40,000 women annually), respiratory conditions, Alzheimer's disease, and accidents combined. Women are also 15 percent more likely than men to die of a heart attack and twice as likely to have a second heart attack in the six years following the first.

The new study did contain a bit of good news: The overall death rate from heart disease in the U.S. has dropped by 30 percent since 1998. But rates among women under 55 years old are still rising, with women under 50 who have a heart attack twice as likely as men to die. What’s more, 42 percent of women who have heart attacks die within a year, compared to 24 percent of men.

The researchers added that while most American women can identify breast cancer as a risk to their health, few can do the same for heart disease.


I love the Lorax and I love what he stands for.  But, best of all I love this particular quote. The additional comment I will say, is unless someone cares a whole awful lot for themselves... nothing will get better. It's not.

Why should you care?

Supposedly 500,000 women die a year from heart disease...I read it once, but didn’t believe it. Then I died on June 6, 2003.

With radiating pain in my upper back, I went to the emergency room.  My intuition told me something very unusual was happening. Abnormal EKG's, nitroglycerin administered under my tongue, a lot of blood drawn, tears running down my face, it didn't seem good.  

About two hours later a cardiologist opened the curtain separating me from the man getting stitches, "You're young and a woman, probably indigestion; you’ll rest better at home."   

With that I was discharged.  A few hours later at home I had a massive coronary and died. It wasn’t indigestion.I have missed a lot since then...     

  • My oldest daughter and her husband had a baby boy, two years later they had a baby girl. I had always planned on being a cool grandma.     
  • My other two daughters graduated college. 
  • They both were married.
  • I have not met my 7 grandchildren, 2 boys and 5 girls.
  • Threading is more popular than waxing or plucking your eyebrows.  I never enjoyed having my eyebrows waxed.     
  • I missed my anniversary – 40 years of marriage.      
  • Three reminder cards came in the mail to have a mammogram.  The Women’s Breast Cancer center wasn’t notified.     

True Story

  • Barely conscious I was taken to emergency room the next day.I needed surgery.  I have been given another chance at life.

I am not unusual.  I am your sister, your mother, your neighbor, the lady you see panting on the treadmill, and yes that is me you see grocery shopping on Saturday morning


I am Lois Trader, a woman living with heart disease. I care that I was hours away from being one of the 500,000. s our #1 Killer and Heart Disease can be prevented and controlled.