By Shyla T. High, M.D.
Why Most Women Die might be a scary title but it is a handbook that every woman should have – and the sooner the better. The introduction explains the hard truth: heart disease is the number one killer of women, not cancer. More than one third of American women over the age of twenty will die from heart disease. Despite the numbers, there is very little awareness. Heart disease is now more prevalent in women than men. African-American women are twice as likely to be at risk for heart disease as white women. To make matters worse, the medical community has often overlooked the risks for heart disease in their female patients. Most women have to multitask to get through everyday family life, and they have a high tolerance for pain. This combination can lead to serious delays in reporting heart attack symptoms to the doctor.
Why Most Women Die is neatly divided into the following sections: risks; symptoms and tests; the definition of a heart attack; other non-heart attack events; advantages and disadvantages of medications; sex, supplements and stress. Each section closes with a review of the key points, each of which will likely help a woman be better prepared for a doctor’s visit.
With all of the good that the popularity of cancer walk-a-thons and pink ribbons have brought to our health culture, Dr. High’s short book attempts to bring about what she believes to be a much-needed correction in the truth about women’s health. With the right information, care and lifestyle, 75% of heart disease is preventable. Dr. High’s book is ideal for anyone who wants to improve their overall health or for someone who already has a heart condition.