Heart disease is often thought of as a condition that mainly strikes men, but the truth is that more women than men die of heart disease each year. It's the number one cause of death in women, even before breast cancer. And, while your risk of heart disease rises dramatically following menopause, young women can also have serious heart problems.
Laying the foundation for good heart health begins as early as your teens by exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and not using tobacco products. Early drug abuse can also put you at higher risk for heart disease and cause permanent damage to your heart. And women who have had a high-risk pregnancy have an increased risk of cardiac disease.
If you don't have a history of cardiac disease, health care practitioners at Kaiser Permanente medical offices can help you take steps to protect your heart and prevent problems. If you're already living with a heart condition, we can help you manage the condition effectively — whether that involves lifestyle changes, medication, diagnostic tests, or surgery. Our specialists offer the most advanced therapies and surgical techniques, and all our clinicians are dedicated to keeping your heart healthy throughout your lifetime.