Women's Health Week: Heart Disease

It's something women generally just don't think much about.

However, it should be top of mind for all of us. Heart disease is the number one killer of women.

Take a look at these numbers:

First, according to the American Heart Association only 13% of women look at heart disease as a serious health threat, but cardiovascular disease kills more than 480,000 women a year. That breaks down to about one woman every minute.

Second 64% of women who died suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms.

Third, heart disease rates in post-menopausal women are 2-to-3 times higher than in pre-menopausal women.

Cardiologist Dr. Lugman Ahmed sits down with Kim Hendrix to answer many questions on this deadly disease.

Watch the video to hear his answers to questions like these:

1. Have the numbers always been this bad in regard to heart disease and women?

2. African American women are at a much higher risk for heart disease, why is that?

3. What's more powerful, genetics or your personal physical fitness? In other words if heart disease is prevalent in your family are you destined to suffer as well?

4. What can we do in terms of diet, habits, exercise to avoid suffering from heart disease?

5. Symptoms- What should be a red flag?

6. For many years when women complained of symptoms they were often told it's just stress while men complaining of the same thing were examined for heart problems,  Has this train of thought corrected itself for women?

7. If a woman is diagnosed with heart disease what are the treatments?