Most women don't know their risk for heart disease

Woman having her blood pressure and pulse taken at a doc office
Woman having her vitals taken. Photo: Media for Medical/UIG via Getty Images

Despite research showing 92% of American women understand heart conditions are a serious public health issue, most women are unaware of their own personal numbers for key measures of heart health, according to results of a new poll.

Why it matters: Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women. Knowing personal measures of blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, body mass index and waist circumference can help prevent and manage the disease.