Women & Heart Disease
Learn How to Prevent Heart Disease in Wilmington, DE
While heart disease is more common in men that doesn't mean that it
is rare in women. In fact, it's still the number one cause of death
for women in the U.S. One of the reasons death rates are so high among
women is that the warning signs of a heart attack or similar cardiac event
can manifest differently for women than they do for men. Like many other
diseases, educating yourself on heart disease and making regular checkups
with your doctor will make a tremendous difference in your ability to
Keep Track of the Warning Signs
Heart disease is often called the “silent killer” as it rarely
comes with noticeable symptoms. In some cases, however women will sometimes
experience pain in the chest (angina), jaw, throat, or back when engaging
in physical activity if they are at risk of heart disease.
The seconds before a cardiac event usually come with some strange sensations.
It is important to keep an eye out for these as they give you a chance
to react and alert someone that you need medical care.
The warning signs for a cardiac event include:
Heart Attack – Pain or burning sensation in the chest is a major warning factor for heart
attacks. You may also have difficulty breathing or feel unusually fatigued.
Despite popular belief, heart attacks are
not always precluded by pain in the left arm.
Stroke – Slurring of speech, numb feeling in the legs, difficulty speaking, and
drooping of one side of the face are all warning signs of a stroke and
you should make your way to a hospital immediately if you experience one
or a combination of these symptoms.
Something else to keep in mind is that women do not always experience chest
pains before a cardiac event. In fact, it is much rarer for women to experience
these pains than men, and you should still seek medical care if you experience
unusual nausea, vomiting, discomfort or dizziness.
Know Your Risk Factors
Many of the risk factors for heart disease are the same for both men and
women, but there are certain conditions that have been shown to be a greater
risk for women than they are for men. These include:
- Stress and emotional trauma (“Broken Heart Syndrome”)
Contact Saint Francis Healthcare’s Cardiovascular Services at 302.421.4828
for comprehensive heart health services.