Guest Post by:
Thomas DiSalvo, M.D.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an uncontrolled epidemic among American women of all ages. The American Heart Association statistics are staggering:
• One out of every three American women dies from CVD
• One American woman dies every 80 seconds from CVD and stroke
• CVD causes more deaths in American women than all forms of cancer combined
As sobering as these statistics seem, the opportunities for healthy change and the prevention of CVD lie before us each and every day. Our cardiovascular system is wonderfully durable, reliable and hardy – if we only nourish, exercise and cherish it in the choices we make during life. Cultivation of heart healthy behaviors, habits and lifestyle choices can prevent 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events.
The MUSC Health Heart & Vascular Center is privileged to be a local sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. This partnership is aligned with our vision at MUSC Health to lead health innovation for the lives we touch and our mission to preserve and optimize human life in South Carolina and beyond.
Please read along to meet several of our wonderful MUSC Health women patients. Their courage and resiliency are models for us all.
Working together, we can lighten the crushing burden of CVD for an American woman. We can live fuller, longer, more vigorously and less fearfully, free to enjoy our work and our families more mindfully.