Americans often think of heart disease as a man's disease. That myth may contribute to women not getting the preventive care they need and the lifesaving treatment necessary when a heart attack or stroke occurs. Heart disease is a very real health concern for women:
•Coronary artery disease, which causes heart attacks, is the number one killer of women in America. •One in four women who die in the United States each year die from heart disease. •Heart diseases cause almost twice as many deaths among women as all forms of cancer combined. •More than one in three female adults in the United States has some form of cardiovascular disease. Females represent more than half of deaths from cardiovascular disease. •Sixty-four percent of women who die suddenly of coronary artery disease had no previous symptoms.
At Ohio State we focus on three areas of women's heart health: •Clinical services •Education •Research