Heart disease affects more women than men, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It is actually the leading cause of death for both women and men in Australia.
The new estimation surpasses the common assumption that heart disease mostly affects men. In fact, Heart disease is the killer of many women in the United States.
The challenging thing is that symptoms of some heart disease in women may be different from those in men.
The most common symptom of heart attack in women includes some type of pain, discomfort or pressure in the chest.
Besides, other symptoms include neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort, pain in one or both arms, sweating, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, lightheadedness or dizziness and unusual fatigue.
The study’s lead author and a research fellow in cardiovascular medicine at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, Rachel Dreyer, Ph.D., said, “Compared with young men, women under 55 years are less likely to have heart attacks.” Dreyer added, “But when they do occur, women are more likely to have medical problems, poorer physical and mental functioning, more chest pain and a poorer quality of life in the month leading up to their heart attack.”
Women should eat a healthy diet which includes whole grains, lean meats, a variety of vegetables and fruits, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products. They should avoid sugars, high amounts of salt, and saturated or trans fat.
Women need to follow prescribed medications properly, such as blood thinners, aspirin, and blood pressure medications.