Updated: Apr 25
Heart disease, the leading cause of death for women, is a word that can refer to several types of conditions, including:
SYMPTOMS (including, but not limited to)
Coronary Heart Disease (also called Coronary Artery Disease-CAD)
A disease of the major blood vessels that help the heart muscle function
A loss of blood flow to the heart muscle that causes part of the tissue to die
Chest pain or discomfort, upper back or neck pain, indigestion, heartburn, nausea or vomiting, extreme fatigue, upper body discomfort, dizziness, stomach pain and shortness of breath
When your heart is unable to pump blood efficiently to your body
Shortness of breath, fatigue, or swelling of the feet, ankles, legs, abdomen, or neck veins
Heart beats can be too fast, too slow, or irregular.
Fluttering feelings in the chest/palpitations.
Lack of blood flow to the heart
Dull and heavy or sharp chest pain or discomfort
Women can also experience the following symptoms, with our without the symptoms mentioned above
Shortness of breath
Women with CAD are more likely than men to feel chest pain from mental stress.
Chest pain while resting or doing daily activities (as opposed to during exercise) is more common in women with CAD than men with CAD.
It's important to remember that some women may have heart disease with no symptoms.
That's why it's important for you as a woman to
manage your stress
maintain a healthy blood pressure
monitor for diabetes
limit alcohol consumption to one drink daily
maintain a healthy weight through proper diet and exercise
have cholesterol and triglycerides levels checked
Please seek emergency medical care if you are currently experiencing any of these heart disease symptoms:
Shortness of breath
Always call 911 or emergency medical help if you think you might be having a heart attack.
The earlier heart disease is detected, the sooner treatment can start and the more damage can be prevented.