When you think of heart attack symptoms, what comes to mind first? Most people assume a heart attack will present with intense chest pain or pressure, and while that’s true some of the time, there are lots of other things to watch out for.
While it’s important for everyone, it’s especially important for women to know their numbers, including blood pressure, cholesterol, waist circumference, blood sugar and cholesterol levels and discuss these with their doctors.
Another difference? “It’s quite common to learn that my female heart patients have ignored their own health for quite some time because they have been so busy taking care of their families,” says Dr. Kline. “Women need to be aware that heart disease is the greatest risk for their health and take the necessary precautions to keep their heart healthy.”
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing about one in five women each year. For women, the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease is exponentially higher than the risk of dying from breast cancer and twice as high as the risk of dying from all other cancers combined.
"That's why I encourage women to exercise, avoid tobacco, eat healthy and undergo frequent heart health screenings," says Dr. Kline.
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