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Heart Disease Awareness

American Heart Month: February

American Heart Month: February

Facts and Myths about Heart Disease

Myth: "Heart disease affects mostly men."

Fact: Every year since 1984, deaths from heart disease in women have surpassed that of men. In the year after a heart attach, women are 28% more likely to die than men.

Myth: "Heart disease affects mostly older women."

Fact: Women as young as 30 can be at risk. The rate of sudden cardiac death of women in their 30s and 40s increase 21% during the 1990s.

Myth: "I'm too young to worry about heart disease."

Fact: How you live now affects your risk for cardiovascular diseases later in life. As early as childhood and adolescence, plaque can start accumulating in the arteries and later lead to clogged arteries. One in three Americans has cardiovascular disease, but not all of them are senior citizens. Even young and middle-aged people can develop heart problems – especially now that obesity, type 2 diabetes and other risk factors are becoming more common at a younger age.