“It’s a man’s disease” is a common misconception many people have about heart disease.
As the number one killer of women, heart disease is deadlier than all forms of cancer combined. It kills more women than men—one in three women die of heart disease each year. Part of the problem is that women’s heart attacks are more likely to go unrecognized because women may not experience the chest pain or tightening typically associated with heart attacks. As a result, women may be slower to seek life-saving help.
Here are some signs of heart attacks that women are more likely than men to experience:
- Shortness of breath
- Back, neck, or jaw pain
- General exhaustion
- No symptoms at all
The best way to prevent a heart attack is to know your risks and take steps to reduce them. Schedule a visit with your health care provider today. Follow up on your lab results to make sure that you know your numbers.
Here are the desirable numbers for most adults:
- Blood pressure—less than 120/80
- Total cholesterol—less than 200 mg/dl
- Fasting blood sugar—less than 100 mg/dl
- BMI/Overweight—BMI less than 25
If you have questions about heart health, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-355-0885. We are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. MT.