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Matters of the Heart

Do you know the leading killer of American women? The answer is heart disease; however, according to results from a 2019 American Heart Association (AHA) survey, only 44 percent of women know that fact. Since awareness is a key to prevention, that’s a staggering statistic—even more so because it’s down from 65 percent of women polled in the AHA’s 2009 survey. 

  • – Results showed decreased awareness of both the warning signs and risk factors for heart disease, heart attack and stroke. 
  • – Heart disease awareness was lowest among young women (ages 33 and below) and black and Hispanic populations.
  • – Among women, warning signs of heart attack include dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea, cold sweat and chest pressure or pain. 

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