I wasn’t prepared for the statistics I heard at “Heart Disease and Stroke”, a presentation by St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA. What drew me to attend was a piece of information I’d read that women’s symptoms for heart attacks are different from men’s. That surprised me and I wanted to know more.
Let’s get the figures out of the way first:
- while 40 to 60% of women are concerned about dying of breast cancer, only 4% do,
- but 53% of us will die from a cardiovascular disease.
- even more frightening, 63% of women who die of a heart attack had no previous symptoms.
- plus we tend to suffer from such episodes later in life
- and, once we do, the effects are more devastating and our subsequent life span shorter than for men.