Heart Disease in Women
Understanding that heart disease in women may be different than in men is important. In addition to the classic heart attack symptoms such as pain or pressure in the chest, women may feel pain in the jaw, shoulders, neck, back or arms. Other signs may include nausea, shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness and panic. About a third of women feel no chest pain, but instead experience flu-like symptoms for weeks before a heart attack. If you feel ill, you should see a doctor to be sure your symptoms are not caused by a serious problem.
Women can do their part to reduce their risk for heart disease by the following:
- Know your numbers
- Quit smoking
- Visit your doctor annually
- Eat nutritious foods
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Become more physically active
- Recognize the symptoms of a heart attack in women. Watch this video to learn more.
- If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911 immediately
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