GO RED FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH
Heart disease is the most common cause of death for both women and men.
4 women die each year from heart disease
. The most common symptom in women is some form of pain, pressure, or discomfort in the chest. However, women are more likely to have a heart attack unrelated to chest pain, such as:
Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort
Shortness of breath
Pain in one or both arms
Nausea or vomiting
Lightheadedness or dizziness
Women describe chest pain as pressure or tightness. Women tend to have blockages in smaller arteries and their main arteries. Many women suffer heart attacks while resting or sleeping. Mental stress can also trigger heart attacks.
We always think of High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol as triggers for heart attacks. Did you know other risk factors include: Diabetes, Mental Stress and Depression, Smoking, Inactivity, Menopause, Certain Chemo Drugs and Radiation?
What can we do to reduce our risk? Quit smoking, exercise, maintain a healthy weight, and eat a healthy diet.