Cardiovascular disease is a cause of death in one of every three women and affects 43 million women in the US. We can help you to recognize the unique signs and symptoms of heart and vascular disease in women. Coronary heart disease, heart failure and stroke are the three forms of cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 killer of women in America today. Nearly half a million women will die from cardiovascular disease this year, more than the next three causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. While most people are familiar with the symptoms and risk factors for cardiovascular disease few realize that there are important differences in women’s symptoms.