Why heart disease is often missed in women: The myth of the 'widowmaker' (Dr. Scott Lear)
Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for women throughout the world. Approximately seven times more women will die from heart disease than breast cancer. Even in women with breast cancer, dying from heart disease is a leading cause of death.
Yet when I ask undergraduate students in my chronic disease class (most of whom are female) which disease causes the most deaths in women, only about half give the answer heart disease; a third say it is breast cancer.
By Dr. Scott Lear
Angela White, St. Paul's Hospital Volunteer