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Every Month Should Be Heart Healthy Month

Posted on February 28, 2016 at 11:05 AM

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women, but many women don’t know they are more likely to die of heart disease than breast cancer. No matter if you are a man or women, it is important to be your own best advocate. You know what feels off to your body; after all you are living it. So if you think something is wrong; push for answers. Unfortunately, women may be at a disadvantage when it comes to heart health. They are less likely than men to believe they're having a heart attack and therefore are more likely to put off seeking treatment. In addition, doctors tend to treat women less aggressively after a heart attack.


While there are sometimes specific symptoms; some patients never recognize symptoms as indication(s) of heart attack. Keep this list of the standard 6 symptoms that both men and woman present with but pay attention to your body and don’t let any list of standard symptoms influence your response to heart concerns. The statistics says that 64 percent of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms.


Whether you are male or female, if you feel you might be having symptoms of a heart attack, don't delay dialing 911. The is very good evidence that your most effective window for treatment occurs during the first 60 minutes after symptoms manifest.

Warning signs:

1. Chest discomfort or pressure sensation ▪ 2.Arm discomfort ▪ 3.Shortness of breath

4. Sweating and clammy skin ▪ 5.Nausea ▪ 6.Stomach pain and feelings of indigestion


Aside from these, women are more likely than men to experience unusual fatigue, sleep disturbances, anxiety, dizziness and lightheadedness, as well as throat, jaw and neck discomfort during a heart attack.


What does science say?

Although men and women share many of the same risk factors for heart disease, there are differences in the way the disease treats each gender’s body. Women tend to develop heart disease an average of 10 years later than men, and have a greater chance of dying from the disease. Women have smaller hearts and coronary vessels, which often makes heart surgery difficult. In fact, heart disease is the number one killer of women, so women especially should talk with their doctors about developing a heart health plan.

Even if heart conditions run in your family, these diseases are still 80 percent preventable. Healthy behavior changes like losing weight, increasing exercise, sensible eating habits and keeping your cholesterol in check will help you make tremendous strides towards encouraging good heart health.

While smart lifestyle changes are important; there is no guarantee that your body will never develop heart health concerns. No matter how many marathons you run or yoga classes you take, you may still be at risk for a heart condition. Do your part by taking addressing stress, healthier eating, and existing disease such as high blood pressure and high LDL cholesterol, smoking and alcohol use.

It’s never too late to treat or prevent heart disease. Your lifestyle plays a crucial role in both controlling risk factors and caring for heart disease. Simple behavior changes like those mentioned above plus working with your doctor to keep your entire circulatory system working like a fabulous, flawless machine. Remember; Love your ticker; you can’t live without it!


This information is solely provided to assist you in a conversation with your physician. Consult your physician regarding the applicability of any information provided to your symptoms or medical condition. Only your physician is qualified to determine what is right for you and your specific health concerns

Resources: Harvard Health Publications, American Heart Association


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