Heart disease is the number one cause of death nationally and globally for all genders. Yet, many biological women* worry more about their breast health than their cardiovascular care.
Why is this true?
The fact is that women have a greater risk of dying from heart disease than all other cancers combined. This holds true regardless of race or ethnicity.
Furthermore, older women who are cancer survivors are much more likely to die from cardiovascular issues than a cancer reoccurrence.
So, why does breast cancer get most of healthcare’s attention for women regarding disease prevention over the primary cause of death?
I speculate it’s for several reasons:
- the fear of cancer is astronomical
- most of the conventional treatment options for cancer are more involved, expensive, and come with more severe side effects than heart medications
- a desire for early prevention to stop progression (due to numbers 1-2)
- the media’s attention to promote awareness of breast cancer (likely based on reasons 1-3)
- the symptoms of heart problems are underrecognized and can be different for women
In my latest article and video, I dive into the traditional risk factors for heart disease. I also highlight specific differences between genders and which ones are often overlooked in women.
- Scary statistics on women and heart disease
- Traditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease
- The cholesterol and statin controversies
- Specific risk factors for women’s heart health
- The missing links in holistic cardiovascular care
All genders will benefit from this knowledge on learning the risks for heart disease. Understanding what you can change regarding cardiovascular health can help you empower yourself on your wellness journey.
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*This post refers to gender based on biology versus identity; therefore, “women” and “men” and “females” and “males” are meant to refer to biological women and men.
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