Womens Heart Disease

Womens Heart Disease This page summarizes the current health situation regarding risk factors and prevalence of the major diseases affecting large numbers of people.

Risk Factors

The following are risk factors for heart disease and cancer.
  • Family History of Heart Disease or Cancer
  • Chest Pain
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • History of Tobacco or Alcohol Use
  • Significant Emotional or Job Related Stress
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary Lifestyle
  • Vascular Disease


Coronary Heart Disease

  • Coronary Heart Disease is the single largest killer of American males and females.
  • Over 70 million Americans suffer from one or more types of heart disease.
  • Over 300,000 Americans suffer from heart attacks every year without any warning or symptoms. And, in about one out of six heart attacks, the first and only sign of heart disease is sudden death.
  • About every 29 seconds, an American will suffer a coronary event and about every minute someone will die from one.
  • Heart Scans, Electrocardiograms and Stress Tests, along with evaluation of your health history and family history, will help evaluate the status of your heart and how well it is functioning, as well as show signs of previous damage.


Lung Cancer

  • Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for American males and females.
  • More American lives were lost due to lung cancer than colon, prostate and breast cancer combined.
  • Lung Cancer has no symptoms in the early stages.
  • Only 15 of people are diagnosed with Lung Cancer in its early stages.
  • Lung Scans and Chest X-Rays can be useful in detecting tumors in their earliest stages.


Colorectal Cancer

  • Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for American males and females.
  • Colorectal Cancer is a disease of the lower digestive tract.
  • Most Colorectal Cancers begin as polyps, which later become cancerous.
  • If the polyps are found early, they can be removed before cancer develops.
  • Early screening through Colonoscopy and Hemoccult Screening can be useful in detecting polyps and other signs of Colorectal Cancer.


Stroke

  • Stroke is caused by the blockage or rupture of a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain.
  • Stroke is the third leading cause of death for American males and females.
  • Effects of a stroke include paralysis on one side of the body and speech, vision and memory loss. Stroke is a leading cause of severe, long-term disability.
  • Every 53 seconds, someone in America will suffer from a stroke.
  • Over 600,000 Americans will have a stroke this year and 160,000 of them will die from this.
  • Stroke Scans along with an evaluation of your health, family history and risk factors can help identify your risks of a stroke.


Osteoporosis

  • Osteoporosis is defined as a porous bone. Osteoporosis causes your bones to thin and to be more easily fractured with mild stresses.
  • Over 8 million women and 2 million men in America have Osteoporosis.
  • In the United States, over 1.5 million fractures occur every year due to Osteoporosis.
  • Over 18 million Americans have low bone density.
  • Early detection through a Bone Density Scan can help screen for your risk of Osteoporosis and will allow the doctor to assist you in making lifestyle changes or prescribe possible medication to decrease your risk of bone fracture.
Sources: American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Medical Association