Heart disease, stroke cause one in three deaths among women every year

09 Février, 2019, 00:42 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • Jesse Marks and Mauricio Cohen

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US for both men and women, and kills more Americans than all types of cancer combined.

While it's important to consider the symptoms and effects of heart disease all year long, and to take steps to reduce your risk of developing it, February is the time when special attention is drawn to the condition. "It's important to raise awareness for heart disease in women because sometimes it's overlooked as just a risk for men". This year's report said 121.5 million adults in the USA have cardiovascular disease.

February marks the beginning of American Heart Month, a federally designated month that is a great way to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and commit to healthy lifestyles to help fight the number one killer in the state of Florida and the nation - Heart Disease. Officials say there are simple steps you can take to be healthier.

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"In West Virginia, the rate of heart disease among women is double that of the national average", said Dr. Samantha Crites, a cardiologist with the Mon Health Heart & Vascular Center. For instance, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables. The screening includes tests to help detect heart disease early and measures cholesterol, blood fat (lipids), and triglyceride levels. Additionally, choosing a health insurance plan with low-cost screenings and no-to-low out-of-pocket costs for blood pressure, cholesterol and tobacco cessation medications may help prevent major issues down the road.

Joseph R. Cunningham is the president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, a Division of Health Care Service Corp., a Mutual Legal Reserve Company.

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