According to the American Heart Association (2013), More than 1 in 3 female adults have some sort of heart disease; which is the leading cause of mortality in women over the age of 50 and accounts for 76% of deaths.
Women are at a higher risk of developing Cardiovascular Disease than men for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, females generally suffer from psychological stress and depression, have different cardiac symptoms, and increased lipid level changes than compared to males.
In addition, women have a higher prevalence of metabolic syndrome, diabetes and smoking; along with menopausal changes that increase cardiac risk factors. (Harvard 2013, American Heart Association 2013)
Common Female Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack) Symptoms
• Unusual fatigue/ tiredness
• Sleep disturbance
• Shortness of breath
• Heart racing/(palpitations)
• Weakness/”heaviness” in arm strength
• Neck, shoulder, upper back, and/or abdominal discomfort
(Mayo Clinic 2011, Circulation 2003)
For more information on Heart Disease from the American Heart Association visit heart.org.