Wellness Blog: Women and Heart Disease

The Facts

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

•    Indigestion

•    Anxiety

•    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.

2018-03-22T17:58:44+00:00 Blog, Health & Wellness|