Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, and yet many women are not aware of the threat. One in three women will suffer a cardiac event, such as a heart attack or stroke, at some time in her life. However, only 53% of women say they would call 911 as a first response if they suspected a heart attack. As it happens, heart attacks go unrecognized in women between 26% and 54% of the time.
Following the presentation, the audience will:
- Identify the misperceptions concerning the incidence, prevalence, and significance of cardiovascular disease in women;
- Recognize why women are different when it comes to cardiovascular disease;
- Identify women’s atypical signs and symptoms;
- Understand not to delay seeking help if typical or atypical symptoms arise;
- Identify risk factors for cardiovascular disease specific to women, and;
- List strategies to address cardiovascular health and risk factors.