We think of heart disease as something that affects only the elderly or chronically unhealthy. Yet cardiovascular issues can hinder women of all ages, sometimes regardless of whether you eat nutritiously or exercise. And while many of us know to look for symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pain, other problems might occur that we don’t know are related to heart issues.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer. While it might seem like there are so many things to pay attention to already in life, it’s worth forming some particular healthy habits now, and paying attention to important details.
What You Need to Know
- Heart disease affects women at any age
- For younger women, birth control pills and smoking combined can increase heart disease risk by 20 percent
- Even if you are active and healthy, things like high cholesterol, smoking, and poor eating habits can affect your heart at any age
- Chest pain isn’t the main symptom of a heart attack in women. Instead, you’ll feel shortness of breath, nausea, and back or jaw pain
- 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease
- Since 1984, more women than men have died of heart disease, or about one in three women
If you have pain in your neck or back regularly, feel sweaty without cause, or feel nauseous regularly, talk to your doctor. Such common symptoms can sometimes be confusing to diagnose, so check into your family history and review any heart disease problems. To discuss any concerns or learn more about how heart disease might be affecting your life, give us a call at 717-840-9885 or click on the button below to make an appointment.
Dr. Julie Drolet
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