According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 out of 5 female deaths is linked to heart disease — and a national survey published in Circulation (a journal published for the American Heart Association) suggests that many women are unaware of signs of heart attack and stroke or the risks that heart disease poses.
This doesn’t exclusively apply to mostly older folks or seniors. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. We’re seeing more young people at risk of developing heart disease as well. Younger women were less likely to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle in 2019 compared to 2009.
Here’s what you need to know: Women may have different symptoms than men. While chest discomfort is common, they may als experience other symptoms such as dizziness, shortness of breath, or nausea.
You could also consider symptoms such as:
- pain or discomfort in the back, jaw, stomach, or both arms
- breaking out into a cold sweat
- shortness of breath with or without chest pain
- chest pain
Reducing your risk factors should include a healthy diet low in saturated fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugars. Also, lifestyle behaviors, like not smoking, not drinking (or drinking only in moderation), managing your stress levels, and exercising regularly, can help reduce your risk.
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Article by Charles Jackson, President of AFEUSA