Mayo Clinic

Scripps Partners with WomenHeart to focus on women’s heart health

By Claire D’Andrea, R.N., Scripps Health

What is the greatest threat to women’s health? Surprisingly, it isn’t breast cancer—it’s heart disease. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women over age 25, killing nearly twice as many women in the United States than all types of cancer. Nearly half of women who have survived a heart attack will die within five years, yet women are less likely than men to receive appropriate medical care following a heart attack. Nevertheless, only 13 percent of women consider heart disease to be a health threat.

With the goal of bringing more awareness of the prevalence and risks of heart disease among women and...