Stealth disease kills more women than cancer

It's one of the most persistent myths in modern medicine: Heart disease is a "man's disease."

Many women believe they don't have to worry so much about heart health because it's not going to happen to them.

And that could turn out to be a deadly mistake.

Heart disease kills more women than anything else. It's deadlier in women than all forms of cancer combined, which is why it's absolutely critical that all women take action today to protect the heart.

And the most important step you can take just might be the simplest one of all.

Move a little more.

That's it, ladies. Get moving and get some exercise -- because physical inactivity is the number one risk factor for heart disease in women from the 30s right on up to the 80s, according to a new study of more than 32,000 Australian women.

Even just a little bit of exercise -- 150 minutes a week, or just over 20 minutes a day -- can cut the risk of heart disease by 33 percent in middle-aged women, and by 24 percent in older women.

And I believe that if you get a little more movement, your risk would come down even further.

All told, the study finds that inactivity is responsible for more cases of heart disease in women than drinking, obesity, high blood pressure and even smoking.

That's not to say those other risk factors aren't important. Of course they are.

But if you're looking for a starting point, then start moving. Exercise is great for your circulation, your overall cardiovascular health, your ability to take in oxygen and more -- all of which lead to better heart health (as well as improved brain function, stronger muscle and better balance, just to name a few of the other benefits).

Exercise also has a halo effect. When you move more, you feel better -- and as you feel better, you're likely to pick up other good habits, such as better diet, and shed some of your bad ones such as smoking or drinking.

And while we're on heart health here, remember that the warning signs of heart problems -- including heart attack -- are often different in women than they are in men.

That classic chest pain you see in movies and on TV? Half of all women who have a heart attack don't feel it at all.

That's why you should take a few moments to learn the warning signs, and you can do just that by reading this free report from my House Calls archives.