Heart Disease and Women


Heart disease is the number one killer of women in New York State 
Despite strides in raising awareness about this issue, heart disease is still under-recognized, under-treated, and under-diagnosed in women. According to the American Heart Association, coronary heart disease, which causes heart attack, is the single leading cause of death for women across New York and America.  Heart disease killed more than 432,000 US women in 2006—roughly one woman per minute. Women over age 20 have more than a one in three chance of dying from cardiovascular disease.

ACOG Resources
Tools for Integration Into Practice - Physician Resource Guide
Keeping Your Heart Healthy
Staying Healthy at all Ages

Healthy Woman's Column
February is American Heart Month

Other Resources
American Heart Association

For more information about the heart initiative, please contact Kristin Zielinski, Director of Medical Education at or (518) 436-3461. 

This educational project is generously supported by the
Office of Women’s Health in the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.


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