American Heart Month: What Cardiologists Have to Say About Women’s Heart Health

by Vanessa Martinez

Female doctor with patient
Cardiologists say decreased awareness and fulfilling the role of primary caregiver are among the reasons CVD remains the No. 1 cause of death in US women. Credit: Getty Images

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.1 However, CVD awareness has decreased among women, particularly Black, Hispanic, and Asian women.2

Two surveys from the American Heart Association (AHA), 2019 vs 2009, showed a decrease over 10 years in women’s awareness of CVD as their leading cause of death (43.7% vs 64.8%).2 The reduced awareness poses a risk for women, for example, who may not know that symptoms of myocardial infarction and coronary artery disease are different in women than in men.3,4,5

Beyond a lack of awareness, however, what other factors contribute to CVD as the No. 1 cause of death in US women? In honor of American Heart Month, we spoke with 4 women cardiologists from around the US to hear their different perspectives and patient experiences. They answered 2 questions:

1) Why does CVD remain the leading cause of death for women in the US?
2) What guidance can cardiologists provide to women to protect their heart health?

2022-03-03T06:22:22-05:00February 11th, 2022|

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