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In honor of Heart Health Month, Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers is pleased to present this important information about heart disease in women.

Marketing campaigns have dramatically increased awareness of breast cancer risk. However, what sometimes gets lost is that the biggest risk to women’s health is not breast cancer but heart disease.

In the US, 40,000 women die of breast cancer each year. But ten times as many women 400,000— die each year of cardiovascular disease, an umbrella term that includes stroke and high blood pressure. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in the US for both men and women.

Heart disease is often thought of as a male problem; in fact, heart disease strikes men earlier than it strikes women. The average age for a first heart attack in a man is 66; in a woman it is 70.

But that does not mean that women are less likely than men to suffer the consequences of heart attacks. More women die of heart disease each year than men. And even at younger ages, heart disease is more deadly for a woman than it is for a man. A woman who has a heart attack when she is under 50 is twice as likely to die of it than a man who has a heart attack under 50.

Given the overall risk of heart disease, as well as its increased mortality rate in younger women, women need to increase their awareness of this disease.

Risk Factors

The five biggest risk factors for heart disease are the same for both sexes: high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, and family history of cardiovascular disease. However, according to the Harvard Medical School, some of these risks affect women differently than they do men.

High cholesterol In premenopausal women, estrogen helps protect against heart disease; it both increases their HDL and reduces their LDL cholesterol. However, after menopause this protection is gone, and, in fact, postmenopausal women tend to have higher levels of total cholesterol than men the same age.

Diabetes Female diabetics have a higher risk of heart disease than males. Although men typically develop heart disease at a younger age than women, diabetic women tend to develop heart disease at the same age as men. 

Smoking Female smokers are more likely than men who smoke to have heart attacks.

The bottom line: women need to take their cardiovascular health more seriously. By doing so, they can avoid falling prey to the Number One Killer of women today.

At the Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers, we offer the very best cardiac care in a patient-centered environment. This means following our residents’ health carefully, listening to them, and respecting their capabilities, while helping them to achieve maximum functionality and independence — and always maintaining the highest professional and quality standards in our staff and our facilities. Our 25 years of excellent care have led to us being awarded a Best Nursing Homes award by US News & World Today, a 5-Star rating by USA Today, and an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, among many other awards.

Contact us by clicking here to see which of our three facilities will best meet your needs or the needs of your loved one.

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