Throw a load of laundry in the washer, oversee virtual learning for your kids, prepare for a 10am conference call, plan dinner for your family, all while your mind is racing through the many other things that need to get done. Does this sound familiar?
Women wear many hats and often coordinate the details of their family’s daily life, leaving little time to prioritize their own health. If you are sick or unhealthy, you cannot effectively manage your typical responsibilities. More importantly, you may also be leaving a more serious condition untreated.
Many women don’t show signs of heart disease until they suffer an ermergency such as a heart attack. Heart disease and stroke among women cause more deaths than all cancers combined.*
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, causing one in three deaths each year. Understanding early signs of a heart attack is important. Studies show that only 40% of women having a heart attack actually realized they were.
Women and men often experience symptoms differently. Women are more likely than men to experience symptoms like shortness of breath, nausea / vomiting and back or jaw pain. Although some women may have no symptoms, others may experience:
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea / vomiting
- Back or jaw pain
- Cold sweat
- Dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting
- Extreme, unexplained fatigue
- Heartburn, indigestion or belly pain
Understanding risk factors and lifestyle choices are important for assessing your risk for heart disease. The more risk factors you have, the more likely you are to develop heart disease. Nearly half of people in the United States have at least one of three key risk factors: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. Some risk factors like gender, age and family history are uncontrollable, while others can be managed by lifestyle changes, medicines or both. Controllable risk factors include:
- Healthy weight and diet
- Physical activity
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*Source: American Heart Association