With Knowledge and Action Against Heart Disease
Fact: About 80% of cardiovascular diseases can be prevented. Yet, heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among U.S. women every year — more than all cancers combined.
Fact: Risks for heart disease are similar for both women and men. Risk factors for heart attack you can’t change include family history and age (45+ for men and 55+ for women). But, with lifestyle changes and your health care provider’s help, you can control or treat the primary risks:
- High blood pressure
- Lack of regular exercise
- Unhealthy blood cholesterol
- Chronic obesity or overweight
Fact: Heart attack signs in women can vary from what men experience. However, the most common heart attack symptom for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort — unusual pressure, squeezing or fullness in the center of your chest, lasting more than a few minutes off and on.
Women are somewhat more likely than men to also experience: shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, vomiting and jaw pain. Other symptoms common to both include pain or discomfort in 1 or both arms, the back, neck or stomach.
If you have any of these signs, call 911 for an ambulance to take you to the hospital. Note: Never drive yourself and never have non-emergency responders drive you.
National Wear Red Day on February 7 is the perfect time to learn more at GoRedforWomen.org. You’ll find the latest in lifesaving information for women of all ages and ethnicities and learn more specifics about heart disease prevention and related ongoing medical research.