November 22, 2017

Heart Disease Kills 3X More Women Every Year Than Breast Cancer Yet Many Women Don’t Even Realise They are at Risk

women having a heart attack


Did you know that heart disease is a bigger killer than breast cancer?

Three times the number of women are killed by heart disease than cancer!

I often talk to women about the effects of stress but even I didn’t realise just how serious this problem is.

This statistic is frightening! And it makes me even more determined to play my part to help the women of the world to develop their resilience so they can cope with life’s ups and downs and, in doing so, protect their health.

In the Daily Mail today is an excellent article about Mary, a 37-year-old lawyer, who nearly died as a result of a blocked artery in her heart. Sadly her GP didn’t recognise the risk and it was only after a private health appointment that she discovered that a major artery in her heart was 99% blocked. She was just a heartbeat away from a deadly heart attack!

And the cause of this blocked artery? Everyday stress!

Let me explain how this happens.

Your body has a stress response, (the ‘fight or flight’ response is another name for it) which triggers the release of the chemical messengers called cortisol and adrenaline. Now, as I explain in my FREE eBook, ‘Do You Always Catch a Cold on Holiday or a Christmas’ available at, when your stress response is fired off in a genuine life threatening situation, it is truly brilliant and life-saving. The problem is that, in modern life, this very same response is fired off daily – simply as a result of our false perceptions of danger.

So those very same chemical reactions that can save your life can also kill you – slowly.

For example, cortisol causes your blood to thicken so that if you’re mauled by a Sabre-Toothed Tiger, you won’t haemorrhage to death before having a chance to escape and stop the bleeding. Yet, today, our bodies inadvertently fire off their stress response to everyday events and so that very same cortisol protector ends up thickening our blood and causing inflammation of the walls of our arteries, i.e. our blood gets thicker and our tubes get narrower. Over the years you probably don’t even recognise that you are under continuous stress. But, over time, the walls of your arteries are getting narrower and narrower as the inflammation – plus cholesterol, fat, and calcium, all build up to form thick plaque inside your arteries. As your blood vessels and blood thicken, your heart has to work progressively harder – thus causing your blood pressure to rise – making the situation even more dire. An early warning sign is high blood pressure – but in many cases this is not picked up in time. And so you continue with your everyday life, unaware your body contains a ticking time bomb.

So, by the time you get chest pains, you are already at enormous risk. But the symptoms are not always chest pain; it can be a tight feeling in the chest, a tingling in the hands and fingers, or a pain in the neck or jaw. These may just seem to be irritating niggles to you but, in reality, your body is screaming at you to slow down, to make changes, and to listen to its warnings.

Many of us women don’t prioritise our health; we put off going to the doctor because work or family is more pressing, or else we simply don’t want to make a fuss.

Wrong move, ladies! You must prioritise your health; after all, in many families you are the lynch pin – so when you go down, the whole family falls apart.

So I urge all you ladies to redress the balance; make yourself and your health a priority; and learn to listen to your body.

You can take control of your health by actively taking a few simple steps to develop your resilience to life’s ups and downs.

Your resilience is your natural buffer against the adverse effects of stress. Developing resilience is a key life skill; a strategy that allows you to perform at your peak without impacting on your health and wellbeing.



  1. Heart Disease Kills 3X More Women Than Breast Cancer – Helen Turier – proper page to take note of

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