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You’ve probably heard that heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. What you may not know is that heart disease in women is just as common as it is in men. According to the American Heart Association, coronary heart disease, a disorder of the blood vessels in the heart, is the leading cause of death for women. Nearly twice as many women will die of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases as from all forms of cancer, including breast cancer.
Often times a heart attack is the first sign of heart disease. Women often mistake the warning signs of heart attack with common, less life-threatening ailments like acid reflux, the flu or normal changes with age. Heart attack symptoms in women can include but are not limited to:
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms or suspect a heart attack, dial 9-1-1 immediately. Remember that any of these signs should not be taken lightly. For more information visit gotchestpain.org.
Common risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity. Factors that pertain especially to women include:
Take Charge of Your Heart Health
Make an appointment with your doctor today if you are concerned about your risk for heart disease. If you do not have a doctor, please call Mercy Gilbert at 480.728.5414, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and we'd be happy to help you find a professional who meets your needs.