As February draws to a close, so does National Heart Month. As you know, heart disease is the leading cause of death in men – and women. Unfortunately, most women think they are at less of a risk for heart disease than their male counterparts, and less likely to be screened for heart disease. Also, the signs of a heart attack in women are different than in men. Women don’t usually have the “crushing” chest pain that men experience. Here are some symptoms that apply to both women and men:
- Chest discomfort
- Arm discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Clammy skin
- Indigestion-like stomach discomfort
- Women: throat, jaw and neck discomfort during a heart attack.
Ladies, don’t think you are any less likely to have a heart attack than a man. If you experience any of the above symptoms, seek medical attention – immediately. Also, be aware that doctors tend to treat women less aggressively with surgery, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors or even aspirin after a heart attack. SO, speak up and get the treatment you need.
Most cases of heart disease are lifestyle-related – poor diet, lack of exercise, obesity, smoking, inadequate sleep, and stress. YOU have the power to take control of your health. YOU can eat right. YOU can exercise. YOU can sleep more. YOU can stop smoking. YOU can manage your stress.
Take charge of your health today. If you don’t know where to start, ask me and I’ll show you the way!