My friend told me that heart disease is now the number one cause of death for women. Is this true?

Yes. Dr. Fenster is correct. For tips on exercise and diet and prevention of heart disease, women and those who care about them can check out and support http://www.Goredforwomen.Org/betteru/index.Aspx and thanks for asking this important question.
YES. Heart disease is the leading of cause of death for men and for women. Most women when given the consideration would list breast cancer. Yet heart disease kills more women than the top 4 cancers combined.

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What to do if heart disease is the leading cause of death where?

Lifestyle changes. Don't smoke; exercise goal 4-5 days/week 30-45 min/day; limit alcohol; eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other high-fiber foods.and choose foods that are low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol; limit your stress. See your primary provider regularly. Read more...

What exactly is heart disease and why is it the leading cause of death in America?

CAD plus. Heart disease is a broad category of any condition that affects the heart. The most common condition and the condition that is the leading cause of death is coronary artery disease. This is a condition in which the blood vessels on the surface of the heart which bring blood to the heart muscle develop blockages. When these coronary arteries become blocked the result can be a heart attack. Read more...
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Obesity and nicotine. Some of the most common causes of damage to the arteries of the heart (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes), are due to obesity, which is epidemic in the U.S. at this time. Another cause, nicotine use, is also a continuing problem. There are other contributing factors to heart disease also, such as inherited tendencies and lupus, but the obesity-related factors & nicotine=answer. Read more...
Too general. Gabrielle- that is too general a question as the heart is a VERY complex organ that can be subject to multiple forms of disease. therefore, you need to focus your question on a more specific topic. Sorry I couldn't help further. Read more...