What do Jennifer Hudson and Barbra Streisand have in common besides music? Both have teamed up with The Women’s Heart Alliance to spread awareness about heart disease in women. Heart disease is the nations number one killer of women, yet focus throughout the nation continues to rest upon breast cancer, and research on heart disease for women is thin. It’s for these reasons, and many more, that a new campaign has been launched titled “Fight the Ladykiller,” encouraging women to educate themselves about heart disease, get screened and learn the differences between men’s heart disease symptoms and a woman’s heart disease symptoms.
Fight the Ladykiller
The first step in this new campaign is to spread awareness and to get in front of women who may be at risk for heart disease. On Wednesday, The Women’s Heart Alliance launched a new public awareness campaign with a PSA with Jennifer Hudson.
“For generations, heart disease has been our number one killer, striking women of every age, color and culture,” says Hudson in the commercial. “Heart disease claims one woman every minute, killing more women than men, and more women than all cancers combined. I don’t know about you but I intend to stay alive. Fight the lady killer.”
The ultimate goal of the campaign is to raise enough money to influence and progress research on heart disease specifically for women. According to the organization, women’s heart disease research is scarce and dramatically under-funded as compared to men’s heart disease research.
Most people, and even some doctors, believe heart disease only strikes women in middle age or older, but the alarming truth is that young women can also be at risk and the life-threatening condition often goes undiagnosed.
The campaign features stories of women as young as 28 and 30 years old whodismissed their symptoms for years and suffered life-threatening heart attacks.
Facts about Heart Disease and Women
In honor of The Women’s Health Alliance’s new campaign, here at EraseDisease we’d like to offer you a few pertinent and little known facts about heart disease and women directly from the American Heart Association:
- Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.
- Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
- An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease.
- Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
- Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease.
- The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women and men, and are often misunderstood.
- While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease.
- Only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat.
- Women comprise only 24 percent of participants in all heart-related studies.
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