Heart disease is the number one killer of women. It causes one in three deaths every year, which equates to one woman every minute. The Health Briefs TV show takes time to relay valuable information on the heart health for women.
Heart problem warning signs are different for every woman, and different than those that men experience. Silent heart attacks are more common because they are just that: silent. These happen when the flow of blood is blocked in the coronary arteries by a build up of plaque. Silent heart attack symptoms can look and feel like the symptoms for anxiety. Women and their doctors should take openly about the risk factors of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, family history of heart disease, age and obesity.
Women also should be aware of the symptoms of a silent heart attack. They are subtle and not as noticeable as those for men: pain in the jaw, upper back or arms, indigestion or a case of the flu. Some women may feel as though they strained a muscle in their chest of upper back. It is also important to note that women may experience prolonged, excessive and unexplained fatigue. Note the importance Health Briefs TV places on unexplained. This is not normal every day tiredness.
Women are pretty much in tune with their bodies and can tell if something is not right. As busy as women are these days managing home, family and career, it is imperative to go in for a check up if any of these symptoms are felt. Women play a valuable and vital role in the world. Let’s keep them around for as long as we can. Learn more from the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.