Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States—and yet the American Heart Association just released its first statement highlighting women and heart disease. Because of gender bias and stigma, heart disease has always seemed like a man’s problem.
But it's not. Women of all ages and ethnicities are at risk. Still, there's some good news: it's likely that heart disease is preventable 80 percent of the time. By taking the necessary steps and precautions, women can cut their risk of heart disease dramatically.
Prevention is key, and knowing and managing your modifiable risk factors is the best medicine. As a practicing cardiologist, here's what I recommend: