Women’s Heart Health

Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of death among women in the United States? Many people view heart disease as a man's problem – a misconception that is profoundly dangerous. One out of three women in the U.S. will eventually die of a heart attack or stroke. And, over half of the women who die from heart disease had no previous symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms of Heart Disease

womanKnowing the warning signs and symptoms of heart disease may save your life. Many women contribute the signs of a heart attack to other conditions, such as having the flu, pulling a muscle or dealing with a lot of stress. Common symptoms of a heart attack in women can include:

  • Pain or discomfort in the chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in the back or jaw
  • Excessive sweating
  • Nausea/vomiting

Lifestyle Changes Can Prevent Heart Disease

The good news is that cardiovascular disease is often highly preventable! Lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of heart disease significantly, including:

  • Eating healthy
  • Exercising
  • Losing weight
  • Controlling your blood pressure
  • Managing your blood sugar
  • Lowering your cholesterol
  • Stop smoking

Go Red for Women

The American Heart Association's Go Red for Women is a program designed to educate and raise awareness of heart disease in women. They offer not only support, but also provide information on heart disease, tips on how to fight heart disease, healthy recipes and stories from women who have been affected by heart disease or stroke. For more information about heart disease in women, ask your physician or visit Go Red for Women.

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