Heart diease kills more women over 65 than do all cancers combined.
The symptoms of heart disease in women can be different and may trick the woman into thinking it is not serious. These symptoms are not always as severe for women and we may ignore them. You may have heard of a woman who had neck & shoulder pain that wouldn’t quit so she drove herself to the ER. Women are more likely than men to have signs and sypmtoms unrelated to chest pain. Heart Attack Symptoms for Women may include:
- Neck, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or vomiting
- Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
- Unusual fatigue
**** Remember to call 911 if you have syptoms. It is better to be safe than sorry. Do NOT drive yourself to the emergency room.
- Eat a diet that’s low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol & salt
- Eat more fruits & vegetables
- Get regular health screenings including Blood Pressure and Cholesterol levels
- Exercise 30-60 minutes a day on most days of the week
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Don’t smoke or use tobacco products
If you are having any of the symptoms, discuss this with your doctor. Even if you think they are mild, it is important to tell your doctor about your concerns.
2011 is right around the corner— this is a great time to set a healthy living goal. If you don’t know your cholesterol numbers, find out. If you need a physical exam, now is the time to schedule the visit. Set a goal to eat more fruits & veggies. Start a physical activity you enjoy. If you’ve always wanted to stop smoking, make 2011 the year.
Remember that it is easiest to change one health habit at a time. Give yourself time to adjust to the new habit and continue working to improve your lifestyle. Make it fun and a family activity. Everyone will benefit from a few simple changes. Make today the beginning of a new journey as you start on the road to health!!
Source: Mayo Clinic, www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-disease