Many women are missing the symptoms of a heart attack, which is one of the reasons why heart disease is the number one killer of American women. Dr. Betty Grey, MHIF Researcher and MHI® Cardiologist, was recently on WCCO This Morning to discuss the signs and symptoms of a heart attack in women.
Symptoms in men and women can be different. For women, Dr. Grey said women can experience “a ‘squeezing’ or pressure sensation in chest, sometimes the neck, but it can also be just a profound weakness or shortness of breath, sweating or nausea.”
In recent years, there has been an increase in heart attacks in young women, specifically under 40. Dr. Grey discussed some possibilities behind this increase: the younger age group have increased risk factors (obesity, blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.), and this age group is not taking preventative medications to treat these risk factors.
Biggest prevention tips: talk to your doctor – easy screening can be done based on your existing risk factors, exercise, eat healthy, eat ‘green’, no smoking!
Take care of yourself first, women! Listen to the symptoms – don’t wait.