(NBC News) Women are so good at running businesses and running households that sometimes they neglect to do the things they need to do to keep their own bodies running.
That’s why the American Heart Association is targeting women in its effort to raise awareness for heart disease.
“Women often put themselves last, and when we look at the statistics that heart disease is the number one killer of all women, women need to put themselves first,” says Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum.
Research has shown women are far more likely to call for help when they believe someone else is having a heart attack than themselves, and recently a study from the Cleveland Clinic found women are considerably more likely than men to let obligations to work, family and friends disrupt their exercise routine.
In addition to family history, smoking, and diabetes, a woman’s heart disease risk increases with high blood pressure during pregnancy, gestational diabetes and depression.