Jessica Whitfield

Content by Jessica Whitfield


Cardiovascular disease is now recognized as the leading cause of death in women, according to Dr. Nausheen Akhter.

Though many women may think cancer or stroke pose a higher risk, Akhter shows the charts that back up medical fact. A 32 percent chance - that's the lifetime risk for a woman over 40 of developing coronary artery disease. The disease can lead to a fatal heart attack.