Heart Disease in Women and the Symptoms
Are you surprised? Most women are. Heart disease symptoms in women are far less understood than in men. But that's not all the bad news.
The number of deaths caused by heart disease in women is higher than all the next sixteen causes of death for women put together! And death from heart disease in women is twice as high as all cancer deaths combined.
Symptoms of Heart Disease in Women
Out of the one and a half million heart attacks in the U.S. annually 500,000, or one third, result in death. And 233,000 of those who die are women.
Plus, the first SYMPTOM of heart disease in women is often DEATH. And even though there are more men than women who have heart attacks and strokes, a much higher percentage of women die from them than men.
The bottom line is there’s far less research done on the symptoms of heart disease in women. And studies that have been done show that heart disease symptoms in women aren't usually typical for those in men.
Here are the most commonly known heart disease symptoms in women.
- unusual fatigue,
- shortness of breath,
- indigestion or nausea,
- and sleep disturbances.
Only 30% report chest or upper abdomen discomfort, usually described as pressure, aching, tightness, burning, fullness or a tingling sensation that comes and goes.
Preventing Heart Disease in Women
Two studies of over half a million people, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that 90% of those with heart disease have one or more of the following four major risk factors:
- Type II diabetes,
- High blood pressure,
- And/or high cholesterol.
- Eat healthy.
- Avoid smoking.
- Be physically active.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Reduce the stress in your life.
- Limit or eliminate alcoholic beverages.
- Keep blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides at normal ranges.
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