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Heart disease and women

Heart problems plague hundreds of thousands of Americans. Unfortunately, many people assumed that heart problems were limited to men in poor health or people genetically predisposed to such conditions.

However, we continue to learn more about risk factors that affect unexpected populations at an unexpected rate. For instance, readers may be surprised to learn that heart disease kills more women than any other condition.

Heart disease and women

According to reports like this one, about 15,000 women younger than 55 die from heart disease every year. The problem is pervasive and victims, families and health care professionals are working to raise awareness of the risk factors of heart disease.

All too often, women and even their doctors dismiss signs of a heart problem or heart attack as stress or something else. This can leave women suffering from life-threatening conditions unnecessarily. As such, raising awareness of the risk factors, signs and treatment options for women and heart disease is critical.

What treatment might look like

The most important element of treating heart disease is receiving a proper diagnosis. This diagnosis should come from a qualified physician, rather than a self-diagnosis. Once there is a diagnosis, patients can pursue treatment options like dietary and lifestyle changes, medication and ongoing medical attention.

Are there disability benefits available for these conditions?

If you have heart disease or have had a heart attack recently, you may want to think about your options for pursuing disability benefits that can help you get the medical care you need.

Understand, though, that a heart attack on its own likely will not be considered a disabling condition, as sufferers often recover in a matter of weeks or months. However, underlying health conditions or long-lasting effects of an attack could meet the Social Security Administration's definition of a disability.

To understand your options, consult an attorney who understands the eligibility requirements for disability benefits as well as what you need to build a solid claim.

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