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2 Nov

Can women also suffer from a Heart Attack?

Heart diseases are faced by a lot of women, which are often neglected thinking it to be common only among men. However, heart disease is the leading killer in America. Times have changed a lot now, earlier it was only the men who used to earn the bread for the family, but now this work is now divided between men and women in the family. The amount of stress that women take has increased as compared to the men.

Women face some symptoms of a heart disease which often aren’t recognized by them. Some of the symptoms include neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort, shortness of breath, pain in one or both arms, nausea or vomiting, sweating, lightheadedness or dizziness, unusual fatigue, and the usual chest pain. It is also very important for women to understand these heart attack symptoms and consult a doctor immediately.

Heart disease risk factors for women:

The traditional risk factors for coronary artery heart disease are high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity. There are other risk factors as well:

  • Diabetes:

Women with diabetes have a greater risk of suffering from a heart attack as compared to men with diabetes.

  • Smoking:

Women who smoke have a greater risk of suffering from a heart attack as compared to the men.

  • Menopause:

Low levels of estrogen after menopause pose a significant risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease in the smaller blood vessels (coronary microvascular disease).

  • Mental stress and depression:

Women find it difficult to deal with depression and stress and therefore go ahead to live an unhealthy lifestyle which aggravates the disease even more.

  • Inactivity:

Lack of any kind of physical activity is a major risk factor for a heart disease for women. According to some reports, women are considered to be lazier as compared to the men, at least, in context to being physically active.

  • Certain Chemotherapy drugs:

Some chemotherapy drugs, as well as radiation therapies which are specially used for curing breast cancer, can have a side of effect of risking any heart disease.

  • Pregnancy complications:

Women who have high blood pressure and diabetes have a higher chance of getting a cardiovascular disease which they might also transfer it to their baby if they are carrying the fetus at that point of time.

In conclusion, health must be a priority for the men as well as women. It’s a common notion that men are more prone to heart diseases than women are due to several risk factors, but that isn’t the case anymore.  In order to prevent a heart disease, both men and women must maintain a healthy lifestyle, follow a proper healthy diet, indulge in some form of physical activity, avoid smoking and consuming tobacco in order to avoid any form of cardiovascular diseases and live a safe and healthy life. One must also make it a practice to go for heal checkups once in every six months. Various heart health checkup packages are available for the same purpose as well. It is time that women concentrate on themselves to ensure that they can take care of themselves as well as those who depend on them.

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