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Feb 15

Heart Disease: What you need to know Disease: What you need to know

Heart Disease:
What you need to know 

Did you know that, in the United States, more women die of coronary heart disease each year than men? While the past 40 years have seen a reduction in heart attacks in men, the same has not held true for women. According to the American Heart Association – AHA, Heart disease is the number-one cause of death in women.

  • One in four women will die of heart disease – 25%
  • More than 6.5 million women — roughly one in three  0r 33%— have some form of coronary heart disease
  • More women than men die from a heart attack before making it to the hospital — 52% versus 42%
  • Two-thirds of women who suffer a heart attack never fully recover, and many end up disabled by heart failure

Detecting and treating heart disease in women is difficult because women present differently than men and other women. Women have more “atypical” symptoms that are sometimes misleading to an emergency room or family physician. Complaints can be mistakenly attributed to other causes. Because their symptoms can be subtle, non-specific and in-conclusive, women may not get the help they need until it’s too late.

Understand Your Risk Factors
The top three risk factors for heart disease:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • High LDL or “bad cholesterol”
  • Smoking – If you smoke, please see your doctor. There are so many ways to quit now. This is the #1 preventable risk factor.

50% of Americans have at least one of these risk factors

Other Risk Factors

  • Diabetes or prediabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
  • An unhealthy diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • A family history of early heart disease or other specific cardiovascular diseases

Know the Signs of a Heart Attack
Surviving a heart attack depends on getting to the hospital in time. Symptoms can differ in men and women, so it’s important to know the warning signs. With this information, you can save your life, or someone else’s.

Typical Symptoms in Men and Women

  • Discomfort, pressure, or pain in the center of the chest: This may last for a few minutes, or go away and come back
  • Discomfort in one or both arms, shoulders, back, neck, or stomach
  • Difficulty breathing and/or light headedness
  • Heartburn, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain
  • Cold sweats or clammy skin
  • Pounding heart or change in heart rhythm
  • Paleness

More Common in Women

  • Unusual upper body pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulders, neck, jaw, or upper stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Unusual or unexplained fatigue
  • Light headedness or sudden dizziness
  • Nausea

If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or another person, call 911 right away.

Smart Health Screening

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