Hard Heart Facts

• Cardiovascular disease ranks first among all disease categories in hospital discharges for women.

• Nearly 37 percent of all female deaths in America occur from cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease, stroke and other diseases.

• At age 40 and older, 23 percent of women and 18 percent of men will die within one year after a heart attack, and minority women are at a higher risk than white women.

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