Heart attacks are the leading cause of death for women and kill more than 3 million women a year. Coronary artery disease (heart attack, blockage of heart arteries) affects women differently than men. Let’s learn about risk factors and symptoms of a heart attack in women, so we can help reduce heart disease in women.
Historically, research regarding coronary artery disease has been concentrated on men. We now understand there are a myriad of differences between men and women where heart disease is concerned, including biological and medical. Some of the traditional risk factors affect women differently as compared to men. The risk factors and symptoms of heart attack in men are different from women.
When it comes to women with heart disease, research studies have shown that women experience different symptoms than men so often misdiagnosed. Women are more likely to die within a year of experiencing a heart attack as compared to men of similar age.
The chief symptom of heart attack in women is still chest pain or discomfort or pressure or tightness.
However, women are more likely to experience the symptoms which they may not relate with heart attack. One out of every 4 women ignore the warning signs and symptoms or heart attack.
There are several risk factors that can be addressed by following a healthy lifestyle.
Don’t Ignore the minor symptoms of fatigue, heart racing, indigestion – Seek help from your Family doctor or Cardiologist.
Be sure to check out our prior blog post on how exercising between the ages of 45-64 can improve heart health!