Women & Heart Disease


What’s the greatest health challenge facing American women? Many are surprised to learn it’s heart disease. In fact, more American women die from heart disease than from all forms of cancer combined.

That’s why we invite all women to access the Karen Yontz Women's Cardiac Awareness Center. This nationally recognized resource center strives to:

  • Give women the tools they need to avoid or manage heart disease risks
  • Make more people aware of the signs of heart disease in women 
  • Build awareness that heart disease is the leading killer of American women

Did you know:

  • 1 in 2 American women will die of heart disease or stroke, while 1 in 25 women will die of breast cancer.
  • 1 in 4 women has some form of cardiovascular disease.
  • 8 million American women today have some type of heart disease.
  • Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among women over age 25.
  • Heart disease claims the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year.
  • The death rate from heart disease has decreased among men, but continues to increase in women.


Today, the medical community is more aware that heart disease strikes both men and women in equal numbers. It also knows that heart disease symptoms for women are different than they are for men. For example:

  • Many women noted at least one unusual symptom in the month before their heart attack, such as unusual fatigue, sleep disturbances, shortness of breath, indigestion or anxiety. 
  • Signs of heart disease in women generally appear 10 years later than they do in men.
  • Women are more likely to experience nausea, vomiting, jaw pain, back pain or shortness of breath during a heart attack, while men often experience pain in the chest and arm.


At Aurora, we want women to become more aware of their risks for heart disease and take a more active role in avoiding and managing them. For example:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Get regular physical activity
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Manage high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar levels
If you have several heart disease risks, or are concerned about heart disease, contact your doctor today. We’ll discuss prevention and treatment options, so you can stay heart healthy.

Why Aurora?

You're at the Heart of Our Care 

Aurora Health Care offers coordinated care for preventing, diagnosing and treating heart and vascular disease. World-renowned heart and vascular specialists diagnose and treat all types of cardiovascular conditions and disorders, using the most advanced state-of-the-art tools and technologies available today. 

We have 15 hospitals and 155 clinics throughout eastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois so you can find a location that's closest to you. 

What’s all this mean to you? Convenient, coordinated and expert care. 

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