Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year
A greater percentage of women die within one year of a heart attack than men
The death rate of African-American women due to cardiovascular disease is greater than white women
Diabetes is a risk factor for heart disease
Nearly two-thirds of deaths from heart attacks in women occur among those who have no history of chest pain
8 million American women are currently living with heart disease; 85,000 are under the age of 65
Dr. Cinthia Bateman on Women and Heart Disease
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What are heart attack symptoms for women?
The most common heart attack symptom in women is some type of pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest. But it’s not always severe or even the most prominent symptom, particularly in women. And, sometimes, women may have a heart attack without chest pains. Women are more likely than men to have heart attack symptoms unrelated to chest pain, such as:
Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort
Shortness of breath
Right arm pain
Nausea or vomiting
Lightheadedness or dizziness
What to do during a heart attack?
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms.
For more information on what causes heart disease, contact a cardiologist today.