Too often, women are worried about the health of their family or others around them. Here’s what you need to know about taking care of your own heart.
Step #1 – Know Your RiskMore than 7 in 10 women do not know that they have heart disease until they have a heart attack.Use this online resource to calculate your risk for cardiovascular disease or ask your primary care provider to calculate your risk.
Take a look at our timeline below to better understand women’s cardiovascular disease (CVD) cumulative risk throughout a lifetime.
Step #2 – Reduce Your RiskThere are several lifestyle modifications you can make to lower your risk for cardiovascular disease! Check out the infographic below and discuss your risk factors with your primary care physician.
Step #3 – Know Your SymptomsSymptoms of a heart attack in women can be different from men’s symptoms. A heart attack can present as any of the following: chest discomfort, shortness of breath, discomfort or radiating pain, sweating at rest, panic or anxiety. Other common signs include: lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting or severe indigestion.
Please do not hesitate to call 911 or go to the ER if you are experienced any symptoms. Watch the video below of Dr. Retu Saxena talking about women delaying treatment at one of our Hope, Health & Humor events.