Heart Disease is the Number 1 Killer of Women - CardioChoices.com Shares Statistic, Insights

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month is excellent for getting out the word that early detection through mammograms at doctor-recommended intervals can save women’s lives. CardioChoices.com notes that while breast cancer gets a lot of attention, women are far likelier to develop and die from heart disease.

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CardioChoices.com presents heart health information in easy to understand terms.

Research indicates heart disease is generally avoidable by living a healthy lifestyle, and that it’s never too soon or too late to make healthy lifestyle changes.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, held every October, is dedicated to increasing awareness of the importance of early breast cancer detection. As the month draws to an end, CardioChoices.com is using this time of increased focus on a very important women’s health issue to draw attention to another critical issue: heart disease in women.

The toll of cardiovascular disease on women is profound. While 1 in 36 women in the United States (~40,000), will die of breast cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society (cancer.org), 1 in 4 (~300,000) women will die of heart disease, according to the US Department of Health and Human Service’s Office on Women’s Health.

According to Breastcancer.org, the five-year breast cancer survival rate is over 80%, and with early detection that rate improves to 98%. Women who get periodic examinations in accordance with medical guidelines can have the cancer removed before it spreads and return to a normal life. Still, the factors that influence the risk of breast cancer are not fully known, and research aimed at finding causes and cures continues.

In contrast, the risk factors for heart disease are well known. “Research indicates heart disease is generally avoidable by living a healthy lifestyle, and that it’s never too soon or too late to make healthy lifestyle changes,” said Jim Kotwis, co-founder of CardioChoices.com. “Major risk factors for heart disease include smoking and unaddressed high blood pressure and cholesterol, obesity and lack of menopausal hormone therapy. You can also find a lot of easy to understand information about heart disease on CardioChoices.com.”

Women who have heart attacks have an 80% survival rate after a year, but unfortunately, two-thirds of those women fail to make a full recovery. A damaged heart can put a damper on enjoyable activities and simple things like taking a walk or climbing stairs.

A healthy diet, good daily habits and physical activity are all great preventative measures. Research from the National Institute of Health indicates a healthy lifestyle could reduce the risk of heart disease by as much as 82%.

Kotwis believes that women tend to be such good caretakers of others that they can forget to take time for their own well-being. Resources that can help women identify and make healthy lifestyle changes are plentiful and include physicians, dieticians, on-line websites, support groups and family members.

“Choose one or more and get started today,” said Kotwis. “Cardiochoices.com is an online heart disease resource that shares a great deal of information about cardiovascular disease and the varied procedures associated with matters of the heart.”

Kotwis believes that CardioChoices.com is a superior choice for patient education because its clear focus on cardiology is easier to understand and doesn’t overwhelm people like other sites that try to cover every type of medical issue. In the future, Kotwis is planning to launch a new site that will focus on cancer, and another that will focus on orthopedic, neurovascular and spinal disorders.

For more information about CardoChoices.com, please call (860) 338-1782.

About CardioChoices.com
CardioChoices.com is an online resource for heart disease that people can access to learn about heart conditions such as atrial fibrillation, heart attacks, heart failure, ventricular tachycardia and arrhythmia. Information is also provided regarding heart implant procedures including heart stents, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD), pacemakers, heart failure devices, and coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG).

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