A whopping 9 out of 10 women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease—the number 1 killer in America.
What are some of these risk factors?
- Age (55+ for women)
- High blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol
- Diabetes and prediabetes
- Physical inactivity
- Unhealthy diet
- Family history of early heart disease
- History of preeclampsia during pregnancy
What are heart attack symptoms in women?
- Pressure, tightness or squeezing pain that either lasts, or returns.
- Pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with chest discomfort, or without.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Sweating, lightheadedness.
Any one of these symptoms mandate an immediate call to 9-1-1.
“Take time to listen to your body,” said Sandy Tysinger, MSN, RN, PCCN, nurse manager at the Heart and Vascular Center at Wake Forest Baptist Health. “Women do not always present textbook symptoms. Sometimes their complaints are more general and vague.”
View an illustrated sequence of how a heart attack occurs.
What can women do to prevent heart disease?
Think about what you put into that finely-tuned machine we call the human body. The American Heart Association offers these recipes and videos for delicious, affordable dishes.