Heart Health Facts Woman Should Know.
Nearly every minute, a woman dies from heart disease in the USA/Canada- it is the number 1 killer of woman.
Woman are more likely to die from heart disease then men according to the AHA.
Women are less inclined to call 911 when they believe they may be experiencing hear attack symptoms.
When it comes to heart disease, woman experience unique causers, symptoms and outcomes compared to men.In addition, certain conditions appear to increase heart disease risk in woman including pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, gestational diabetes, migraine headaches with aura, early onset menopause and autoimmune diseases such as Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Woman’s heart attack symptoms are often different from men’s. Woman experience shortness of breathe, nausea, palpitations, jaw discomfort and pain or overwhelming fatigue. Call 911 if you have more then 1 of these symptoms.
Cardiovascular disease complicates up to 4% of pregnancies and is increasing.
Pre-eclampsia is an independent predictor of developing cardiovascular disease later in life. Women who have had pre-eclampsia should be mindful of having their blood pressure, fasting glucose and cholesterol checked annually.
Recent blood pressure guide lines from the American College of Cardiology recommend all people to have a blood pressure of 120/80 or lower. Additionally, after the age of 65, hypertension (high blood pressure 140/90 or higher) is more common in women.
Stay up to date on your annual physical and have your blood pressure checked.